CHINA: Why Now?

Cried Radio Yenan: Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's troops, "corrupt and rabble-like" (but armed with "large numbers of field guns, trench mortars and American-supplied bazookas") had attacked Communist troops in the Shensi border region. It was "fullscale civil war. . . . Chiang's divisions declared that fighting the Communists comes first and fighting the Japanese comes second."

Said Chungking: "Militarily speaking . . . nothing serious. . . . The Communists are in the habit of ... occupying districts not strongly held by Government troops. So long as Government troops leave Communists in occupation...

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