The American who joined China's Communist Party


The American Sidney Rittenberg is one of only a handful of foreigners ever to join the Chinese Communist Party.

He went to China at the end of World War II with US forces - and stayed for 35 years. He knew Mao Zedong and saw China from the inside.

As the party celebrates its 90th anniversary, Rittenberg tells Michael Bristow why he joined the communists.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.