Foreign News: Question

For Americans, the big news from China last week was that U.S. troops were on the verge of a shooting war (see below). For Chinese the big news was Manchuria.

Some observers in Chungking jumped to the conclusion that Manchuria might be "irretrievably lost" to the Central Government. The facts were grave, but not quite so catastrophic.

Promise v. Fulfillment. The Russians had promised to begin evacuating Manchuria three weeks after the end of the Japanese war. Apparently they were keeping the letter, if not the spirit, of their pledge. The Red Army had withdrawn from much of southern Manchuria; by early December...

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