CHINA: Ma's Roadwork

It was only 15 years ago that one of the many Ma family warlords sent word through the hills and in three weeks raised a fanatical army of 60,000 Chinese Moslems. Looting and terrorizing, the rebels nearly conquered a northwest China empire half as big as Europe before being defeated by the "Christian General," Feng Yu-hsiang. Last week another of the Ma clan, once-rambunctious General Ma Puching, peacefully accepted appointment as Commissioner of Reclamation in the dreary swamplands of Chinghai Province near Tibet.

First reports indicated that General Ma, whose clan holds...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!