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China was deadly tired. Since 1911 she had been going through a convulsive social revolution. Since 1937, almost singlehanded, she had been holding off the Japanese invaders from without. At the same time she had held off the Communists from within. To win against overwhelming Japanese odds, she had retreated from Peiping, from Shanghai, from Nanking, from Canton. To seal off the Communists, she had maintained a blockade against Yenan. Time, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek had reasoned, would give his Allies a chance to come to China's aid. So he had...

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