CHINA: Sorrow for Old Chiang

War bulletins pouring into Nanking continued bad. The Communists were driving a corridor through fertile Shantung; Communist divisions, held up by this month's thaw and mud, were massing around Mukden for a spring offensive.

These disasters shaped the mood of the delegates convened at Nanking for China's first National Assembly. Out of the clamor of more than 2,500 peoples' delegates —talking, questioning, accusing, cursing—arose the authentic voice of China. Its tone was laden with tragic discontent, and with something close to despair.

Four-star General Pai Chung-hsi, Minister of National Defense, reported rather...

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