CHINA: Time for a Visit?

In starving Changchun, capital of Manchuria, human flesh sold at $1.20 (U.S.) a pound. Each day upwards of 500 of its 200,000 remaining citizens died of starvation. A Nationalist airdrop of four planes a day barely managed to keep the 100,000-man garrison alive on half rations of rice and flour.

The besieging Communists, estimated at 160,000, sat back and waited for the city to fall into their laps. Day & night Communist voices called across no man's land: "Did you join the Kuomintang army? You were dragged into it at a rope's end . . . Come over to us ....

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