• Kushiro, Hokkaido

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Grant Piper’s contention in his Jan. 3 letter, “Revolution was good for Cuba,” is preposterous. He thinks the communist revolutions in Russia and China were also the best things to happen to those countries. Piper ignores the tens of millions of Chinese and Soviet citizens who died at the hands of communist political purges and economic mismanagement.

Even after jettisoning communism, “Red China” still lags far behind “Kuomintang Taiwan” in per capita gross national product and will probably never catch up.

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