CHINA: Waking Up

Supreme Court Justice William 0. Douglas is a well-meaning liberal who has traveled from the Rockies to the Himalayas, stalking the Common Man with cliche and camera. In 1948 he reported that Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist regime was "tainted by corrupt and reactionary elements"; it had "lost the heart of the people," who had turned to Communism as their only hope. Last year he urged U.S. recognition of the Chinese Communists. Recognition, said Douglas, would wean the Chinese people and their masters away from Russian domination.

Last week, with Red China firmer in...

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