CHINA: Short Way Around

The axiom that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line is a luxury of peacetime. Many of Britain's supplies for Egypt go around Africa. Most U. S. visitors to Berlin nowadays go by way of Japan, Manchukuo, Siberia, Russia.

The patient Chinese are especially adept at circumvention. Recently word came of a new supply line which skirts the entire area of Japanese domination (see map).

Britain's closing of the Burma Road last summer, and Japan's threat to it with her penetration of French Indo-China last autumn, made the Chinese fearful of being cut off from every source of...

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