In Washington, the Administration made two historic year-end decisions. The first, by the military, was a complete about-face: the Joint Chiefs of Staff decided to help defend Formosa against the Chinese Communists.

The second decision was made by Harry Truman himself. He ordered all the top Government agencies involved to have a firm Asiatic policy ready for him by this week.

At last, and belatedly, it looked as if some of the imagination and effort that had helped to contain Communism in Europe might be put to containing Communism in Asia.


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