For the moment, at least, China was spared the ultimate in disaster. The Japanese drive northwest into the desolate province of Kweichow last week faltered, then ebbed back into neighboring Kwangsi. Either the enemy's swift advance had outrun its supply, or China had somehow found new strength to stop the drive that was designed to cut Chungking off, ultimately take it.

Through China's stern censorship came hints that something had been done to hearten the faltering defense army. Some reports indicated that troops from the northwest, where they had long been inactive, watching over the Chinese Communists, had been transferred south...

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