CHINA: Paralysis in Shanghai

For three months the U.S. State Department had tried vainly to evacuate some 1,600 foreigners (including 300 U.S. nationals) from Communist-held Shanghai. Last month the Reds had given a green light for the evacuation, then arbitrarily switched signals at the last minute, leaving the evacuees and their baggage waiting at the Shanghai docks. Last week in Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson decided to call it quits: all plans for a sea rescue from Shanghai were off. He would, he said, ask the Communists to let the Americans travel overland to Tientsin or Hong Kong and try to...

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