CHINA: A Time for Plans

The Chinese high official weighed his words. His guest, New York Timesman Brooks Atkinson, took them down exactly as the official gave them: "Unless China can take back some of the occupied territory within a year, the difficulties of the Government will be greatly increased." The rest of the talk was off the record.

The difficulty is economic and getting worse, wrote ex-Drama Critic Atkinson afterward. The blockade stifles, equipment wears out, prices constantly climb, "Two buildings in uptown Chungking, one a temporary one-story mud-&-bamboo structure now being built . . . the other a three-story brick-&-cut-stone modern broadcasting studio...

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