WI: A socialist Republic of China in the 1920s?

Is it possible for the left wing of the Kuomintang to become the dominant player in China during the early warlord period? Perhaps it could end up being a reversal of the OTL Chinese Civil War, with a right-KMT government waging a guerilla war in the countryside. I know Stalin initially preferred the KMT to Mao, so maybe China becomes an independent socialist ally of the Comintern. How would this change Asian geopolitics? Would the West support Japan if they tried to intervene in China?
 
I don’t think it’s feasible for the right KMT to run a guerilla campaign amongst a rural peasantry which openly despised them. Especially since the Left KMT is more likely to proceed with the desperately needed land reform. The right was always the party of industry, big cities, the coastal elite.
 
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I don’t think it’s feasible for the right KMT to run a guerilla campaign amongst an urban peasantry which openly despised them. Especially since the Left KMT is more likely to proceed with the desperately needed land reform. The right was always the party of industry, big cities, the coastal elite.
So without rural support, is there no civil war? Just the KMT government and maybe some aligned warlords in the more remote areas?

Alternatively, a left KMT government in Beijing/Nanking, and a Right KMT government that just controls Shanghai or Canton recognized as the legitimate one by everyone except the Soviets
 
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