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It is said that Chiang Kai-shek complained bitterly about his allies Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union (the latter admittedly not at war with Japan till the very end).

But when he stated that China's relationship with the other three was like "a weak man meeting a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully" did he have a specific ally in mind for each role (Britain, for example, perhaps viewed by the Chinese as the "kidnapper" who had stolen Hong Kong) or did he just mean they were all three dangerous and overbearing?

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I'll see if I can find a Chinese version of the original diary entry this came from and see if he goes into any more detail... –  kmlawson Jul 11 '13 at 11:05
It is from February 28, 1943 diary entry of Chiang Kai-shek. Answer will require reading rest of that entry or checking with Mitter. I looked at older published selected version of diary but that entry not included. Diaries now housed at the Hoover Institution at Stanford (oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt438nc7np). I'm guessing Rana Mitter saw them there or in a new published version by Academia Historica in Taiwan I don't have access to now. Also no mention in 找寻真实的蒋介石:蒋介石日记解读 by Yang Tianshi (杨天石) on diaries. Also didn't find hits for likely translations of quote in Chinese. –  kmlawson Jul 11 '13 at 15:42

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