OHINA: Province for a Poet

CHINA

Red forces battered and blackmailed their way into Tsinan, capital of Shantung province, last week. The city's fall put the Communists astride a rail and road net to north & south, east & west. The "North China People's Government," recently proclaimed by the Reds, became a reality.

Handsome General Wang Yao-wu, governor of Shantung, had fought a losing battle for more than a year. His troops had struggled against dwindling supplies, semi-starvation, hordes of refugees and crumbling morale. Across the Yellow River, ten miles from Wang's Tsinan headquarters, wily Communist Commander Chen Yi, a strategist and a poet, had set up...

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