MANCHURIA: Reds, War & Mongols

Stubborn Josef Stalin was still trying to avoid last week the mistake that crippled Imperial Russia—war with Japan. But events darkly occurring in Manchuria kept all the Russias on the qui vive.

Japan three weeks ago occupied Harbin, the recognized "capital" of the "Russian sphere of influence in North Manchuria" (TIME, Feb. 22). Paradoxically, although the Chinese Eastern Railway running through Harbin is under Soviet management, the city itself swarms with at least 25,000 "White Russians" (anti-Soviet). No sooner did Japanese take over Harbin...

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