National Affairs: The Wooing of Mao

By every kind of wigwag and smoke signal in the language of diplomacy, the Administration seemed to be trying last week to tell Chinese Communist Boss Mao Tse-tung that he had nothing to worry about from the U.S. The policymakers were convinced that the U.N. forces would win in Korea if Chinese or Russian Communists didn't butt in, and apparently they hoped that a little cajoling might keep them out. Whatever their reasoning, their pronouncements sounded like an attempt at appeasement.

To catch Mao's ear, Harry Truman chose to talk mostly about Formosa—instead of...

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