MALAYA: Offer to Negotiate

The secretary of the biggest rubber planters' association in Malaya made out his name on the envelope, written in spidery English script. Inside, there was a long letter in Chinese characters. It had the look of Something important, and it was: after seven years of jungle war, the Malayan Communists were suing for peace.

Similar letters, postmarked from Siam, also reached Malay and Chinese political leaders, asking for a "round table conference" in the jungle. Said Lieut. General Sir Geoffrey Bourne, director of the Operations Committee, last week: "This is the first really noticeable crack in...

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