CHINA: Wan Wan Sui!

Wearing a simple khaki uniform, no decorations, Chiang Kai-shek sat com posed and erect before the microphone.

He adjusted his horn-rimmed glasses, glanced at a vase of scarlet flowers on the white-covered table, then slowly read his victory message to "the people and armies of China." Said Chiang: ". . . Our faith in justice through black and hopeless days and eight long years of struggle has today been rewarded. . . . We have won the victory.

. . . But relaxation and pride are not rewards of victory that we seek. Peace . . . will confront us with...

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