International: What Russia Prayed For

"His Majesty's Government," read the note from London to Peking, "have this day recognized [and] are ready to establish diplomatic relations, on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and mutual respect for territory and sovereignty . . . with the Central People's Government [of China]."

Britain's recognition of Red China had long been expected; the note to Peking had been prepared and signed by Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin a fortnight before he left Whitehall for an empire parley in Ceylon. For His Majesty's Government, recognition was no redhot political poker, as it was in the U.S. (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS). Practically all parties...

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