THE NATIONS: Opportunity

As the Moscow Conference on Germany and Austria convened, Russian Foreign Minister Molotov remarked that the situation in China had not improved since the Foreign Ministers discussed it in 1945. (The interval had seen a full-scale civil war between Molotov's fellow Communists in China and the Chinese Government.) Molotov asked that the U.S., Britain and Russia exchange information on China. Secretary Marshall agreed, asked for time to consider the procedure for discussion.

If he wanted to take it, Marshall had in the Russian proposal a wide-open opportunity to turn the conference into a discussion of the current world crisis as a...

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