Stalin must be looked upon as the foe of all Far East nations
"Tokyo and Moscow have agreed that Soviet Russia is to be accorded a free hand in the Western Provinces of China, and through India to the warm-water port of Karachi. China and India are both on the auctionblock, with all their incalculable consequences for civilisation and Christianity in the Orient.
"A Russian menace stalks the Orient, and Joseph Stalin must be regarded as the eventual foe of all Far East nations."
A remarkable story has appeared in the Ontario Northern Catholic from the pen of the Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Thorning, who writes from Hankow, China, as follows: " The minions of the Third International are now more active M the Orient than at any time in the last fifteen years," and who claims to have learnt from firstclam diplomatic sources that copies of a secret treaty have already been exchanged between Tokyo and Moscow.
RUSSIA IN THE AXIS?
What can be the motive behind this sinister understanding between two erstwhile enemies whose interests repeatedly clash in the waters of the Northern Pacific as well as on the Eastern shores of the Asiatic mainland? Does Russia after all form part of the Axis, or might there be truth in the opinion expressed to Fr. Thorning by a highly-placed British official in Peking who told him: " The longer the European war lasts, the clearer it will become that there are two Axis, instead of one?"
Saying that " the forces of world revolution are carving up the Orient," Fr. Thorning speaks of a " backstage agreement which gives point to reports of a palched-up peace between China and Japan," and even if Russia has supplied China with arms and goods to support her in her struggle with Japan, the Chinese are shrewd enough to discount Russia's gesture as one motivated
by a desire to. promote order and stability in Asia.
The Chinese know, as do all who follow events in the Par East, thai it has so far suited Stalin to embarrass Japan by his assistance to China.
But just as Stalin agreed to the partition of Poland in September, 1934, by coming to terms with his Western enemy, so China can go by the board, and Russia's enmity towards Japan can be temporarily shelved, if it should suit Joseph Stalin to make terms with Japan for the furthering of his own schemes in the Orient. Is Japan unresponsive? Not in the least, thinks Fr. Thorning.
RUSSIA'S SUPPLIES TO CHINA DRY UP
" Stalin has Intimated to Marshal Chiang Kai-shek," says Fr. Thorning, " that Soviet Russia can no longer provide guns and munitions for the Chinese cause. During the closure of the Burma road, during the rainy season, the Russians supplied little or no oil for the Chinese armies, motor and truck transportation in Western China came to a virtual standstill." China, dependent as ever on Russian supplies, finds she cannot now continue her fight.
Meanwhile other Far Eastern nations look on in dismay, the Philippines, the Siamese, and the Melanesians recalling how Soviet Russia posed as a friend of the Baltic nations till the time came to play the role of fackal to the Nazis.
THE STAGE IS SET
After mentioning the existence of a secret understanding between Japan and Russia defining their respective spheres of interest in the Far East, he says: " The stage is now set for a big Japanese drive for the Dutch Fast Indies. The signal for this enterprise will be some public announcement of the private understanding that has already been reached between militarists in Moscow and Tokyo.
" But," he adds, in a more hopeful tone, " the Chinese and other independent peoples who cherish religion, the home, and a modicum of private property, can only hope that the dictators, who are so generous in the distribution of other people's possessions, may prove to be gieedy hunters, who have divided the skins and ivory of the elephant before the elephant shall have been
caught." ' .