Foreign News: Challenge

Chinese unity, frayed but not completely broken during eight years of retreat and defeat, seemed about to snap under the impact of victory.

On the day of Tokyo's surrender offer, Yenan's able commander in chief, General Chu Teh, rushed an order to his Communist armies: they must take over the arms of all "enemy troops" in their zones of operation. They must also take over all "administrative matters in Japanese-and puppet-occupied cities, towns and communication centers. . . . Any sabotage and resistance against the above measures will be treated as treason."

This was an open challenge to the Central Government. Generalissimo Chiang...

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