CHINA: Strange War

Chinese Nationalists and Communists, their armies deployed for battle, were still killing each other last week; but negotiations between their leaders continued in a much improved atmosphere. Opposing propaganda chiefs met in Nanking in an effort to place bounds (sternly requested by U.S. Mediator George Marshall) on the things they could say about each other.

In this strangely limited (but nonetheless dangerous) civil war, negotiations and fighting blended. Was the fall of Changchun, for instance, a battle or a deal? Chiang Kai-shek had demanded that this city, the Japanese-built capital of...

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