CHINA: Hope in Chungking

Five weeks of meetings between Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and Communist Leader Mao Tse-tung had been cloaked in profound official silence. But Chungking buzzed with expectation—and hope.

The omens were propitious. First, the influential Kuomintang newspaper Ta Kung Pao reported that agreement had been reached on two fundamental points: 1) the Kuomintang and Communist Par ties would cooperate on an equal footing in the reconstruction of China under Chiang's leadership; 2) all political and non-political groups would confer on participation in the Central Government.

A day later Mao himself, smiling and assured, emerged to answer a correspond ent's questions. He said...

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