WAR IN CHINA: Anti-Pro-Comintern

One of the oddest diplomatic rituals in the world is the annual negotiation for fishery lease agreements between Japan and Soviet Russia. The talks begin in November. Everyone knows how they are going to come out—as they always have, with a compromise which two fishermen could reach in an hour's talk. But for as much as six months, representatives of the two countries bow deeply, sip tea, shake heads, pound tables, grin, frown, embrace, clench fists—throughout standing thunderously firm on impossible demands. Then, the day the first silvery smolts begin to run...

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