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.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!