Foreign News: Blunt No

From a Teletype within the United Nations' slender skyscraper in Manhattan, a message sped halfway around the world to the desk of Chou Enlai. Premier and Foreign Minister of Communist China: the Security Council of the U.N. respectfully invites Red China to participate in a debate of ways and means to stop the shooting and avert a full-scale war over the question of Formosa. R.S.V.P.

On the face of it. the cable seemed an invitation to opportunity. The Chinese Nationalists certainly thought so—they voted against it in the U.N. The Russians appeared to think...

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