WAR IN CHINA: Rubber-Band Tactics

The conflict between Japan's and China's armies has been the collision of a resistible force with a movable object. The battlefronts have been extremely elastic. Last week a Chinese military spokesman coined a new phrase for China's war plan: "rubber-band tactics"—let the Japanese stretch their various lines of advance until they are either snapped back or bound around. Last week the bands were being stretched and relaxed at the following points:

> In the Lushan Mountains, roughly 400 miles west of Shanghai, territory the Japanese have been fighting for since last summer, a...

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