A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 20, 1947

Don't go to Sinkiang. It's a very hard trip—even dangerous. And when you come back, no one will believe what you find there.

Despite this friendly admonition from K. P. Chen, Shanghai banker and nonpartisan State Councillor, and similar advice from other well-informed Chinese, Time Inc.'s Nanking correspondent, Frederick Gruin, went (by air, truck and afoot) to China's huge, little-known, mineral-and-oil-rich Sin kiang province on the borders of Outer Mongolia and, with luck, came back with his story. Those of you who read TIME'S account of it in the October 6 issue know that the story turned out to be another important...

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