The Chinese Fleet

With a straight face and a self-righteous air the War Shipping Administration last week announced the most ironic U.S. aid-to-China yet: two Liberty ships.* Thus for the first time in modern history China will have an ocean-going merchant marine of her own. But, for the first time ever, she has no coastline: until the Jap is thrown out of China, her spanking new 20,000-ton fleet can serve only U.S. and British ports.

* Due to be christened Chung Cheng and Chung Shan, the formal names of Chiang Kai-shek and Sun Yatsen.

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