International: A PROGRAM FOR ASIA

U.S. policymakers were known to be worrying, somewhat belatedly, over the Communist advance in Asia; but even after weeks of behind-the-scenes study and discussion no new program had emerged. The immediate question was whether to extend diplomatic recognition to the Communist-dominated government now being formed in China. Washington tended to discuss this in terms of procedural technicalities. Actually, the arguments pro & con would be meaningless until a broad political policy was decided upon.

Refusal to recognize a Chinese Communist government, for instance, would be an inane gesture if the general Asiatic policy was to be one of drifting with the Communist...

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