Alarm over the North China area larger than Ethiopia which Japan is trying to detach from China's Nanking Government by military intimidation and a "war without battles'' (TIME, Dec. 9) last week brought Chinese War Minister General Ho Ying-chin hotfoot to Peiping. After heroic haggling with the resident Japanese militarists, General Ho was expected to announce this week a "new status" for North China, ambiguous and unsatisfactory to all concerned. Fresh Japanese brandishing of Might was expected to follow.


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