CHINA: Perpetual Flux

For some months John Van Antwerp MacMurray, U.S. Minister to China at Peking, has been consistently chagrined to discover that the Chinese political and military situation is in such a state of perpetual flux that whatever news he cables to Washington stands about one chance in ten of being pertinent* when received.

Last week, Mr. MacMurray, genuinely bewildered but frank and honest, despatched a long cable to Washington in which he indicated that it was impossible for him to say with certainty that either phase of the following several alternatives represented the truth, even...

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