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The May Fourth Movement After World War I The Chinese felt betrayed Anger and frustration erupted in demonstrations on May 4 1919 in Beijing Joined by workers and merchants the movement spread to major cities The Chinese representative at Versailles refused to endorse the peace treaty but its provisions remained unchanged Disillusioned with the West many Chinese looked elsewhere for help The May Fourth Movement which grew out of the student uprising attacked Confucianism initiated a vernacular style of writing and promoted science Scholars of international stature such as John Dewey and Bertrand Russell were invited to lecture Numerous magazines were published to stimulate new thoughts Toward the end of the movements existence a split occurred among its leaders Some like Chen Tu-hsiu and Li Ta-chao were beginning to be influenced by the success of the Russian Revolution of 1917 which contrasted sharply with the failure of the 1911 Revolution in China to change the social order and improve conditions By 1920 people associated with the Comintern Communist International were disseminating literature in China and helping to start Communist groups including one led by Mao Zedong A meeting at Shanghai in 1921 was actually the first party congress of the Communist Party of China CCP The CCP was so small that the Soviet Union looked elsewhere for a viable political ally A Comintern agent Adolph Joffe was sent to China to approach Sun Yat-sen who had failed to obtain assistance from Great Britain or the United States The period of Sino-Soviet collaboration began with the Sun-Joffe Declaration of Jan 26 1923 The KMT was recognized by the Soviet Union and the Communists were admitted as members With Soviet aid the KMT army was built up A young officer Chiang Kai-shek was sent to Moscow for training Upon returning he was put in charge of the Whampoa Military Academy established to train soldiers to fight the warlords who controlled much of China SSee
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