CHINA: Away on a Party

Temperamental little President Chiang Kai-shek of Nationalist China, whose waist is as slim and mind as changeable as a woman's, changed his mind every other day last week, about the civil war he is waging with the so-called "People's Army" (TIME, Nov.11).

First he telegraphed urgent orders that reserves should be rushed to the war section in Honan for a "grand offensive." Secondly, he wired that his armies would "sit composedly and starve the rebels out." Within 48 hours, and without previous warning, the President's field headquarters radioed: "The dead are piled mountain...

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