CHINA: Glue for the Dragon

Like the best of friends, Mme. Chiang Kai-shek and Mme. Chou En-lai—wife of Communist China's No. 1 negotiator—joined last week at Chungking's windy Paishihyi airfield to greet General George C. Marshall and his handsome, hazel-eyed wife, Katherine. Soldier-Diplomat Marshall, after a nightlong Peiping study of Manchuria's erupting war, was less impressed by tea-drinking at the top levels than by bullets in the boondocks.

In the four weeks since George Marshall had flown home to Washington, the Chinese had fragmented his carefully fitted but lightly glued jigsaw picture of unity. In Manchuria there was large-scale fighting. Marshall, knowing the fragility of his...

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