CHINA: Toward Democracy

China took another momentous step toward democracy. In Chungking, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek opened the first session of the Preparatory Commission for Inauguration of Constitutional Government. He announced:

"The National Assembly to inaugurate constitutional government will be convened on Nov. 12 this year . . . subject to approval by the Kuomintang Congress which is due to meet in May.

"Upon the inauguration of constitutional government, all political parties will have legal status and enjoy equality. The Government has offered to give legal recognition to the Communist party as soon as the latter agrees to incorporate its army and local administration...

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