International: Kowtow, 1950

The might & majesty of imperial Britain exacted amends for the great Chinese snub of 1816 (see above). The Opium War was fought, Hong Kong gained, extraterritorial concessions yanked from the declining Celestial Empire. But by last week history seemed to have completed a cycle. A new dynasty ruled in Peking. A new demand for kowtow lay before His Britannic Majesty's government.

Last January, to protect their trade in the Far East, the British offered to recognize the new Communist regime. They expected an eager response. They got a rude snub. China's Red masters...

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