CHINA: Life Line

Isolated from Eastern China by mountains, marshes and the Gobi Desert are the Chinese of the western district of Sinkiang. To get to the Pacific coast the westerners once went circuitously north by way of Mongolia, then through Manchuria on the Chinese Eastern Railway. The new state of Manchukuo has stopped that, left the westerners threatened by annual famine. Last week the Nanking Government coiled a life line to throw across the deserts, through the mountains.

It was a huge project, to send a 2,000-mi. rope of roads and railways clear across...

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