CHINA: Life Is Difficult

When Acting President Li Tsung-jen sent Dr. Kan Chieh-hou, his U.S.-educated (Wisconsin & Harvard) political adviser, off to Shanghai last week, Li hopefully quoted a proverb: "Absolute sincerity will open metal and stone." It was Dr. Kan's job to pick a delegation to plead with the Reds for peace.

The next day Li himself flew down to install members of the unofficial delegation. Heading the mission is 72-year-old Dr. W. W. Yen, former ambassador to Russia, who accepted the post only after his doctor declared him physically fit for his first airplane ride.

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