CHINA: Closed Door

For more than a year, a tight little group of U.S. consular aides had lived and worked in the tower-topped Glen Line Building on Shanghai's teeming Bund. One day last month, U.S. Consul General Walter P. McConaughy hauled down a tattered flag, locked the doors of his offices and left. For the first time in over 100 years, no U.S. flag flew over a diplomatic post on the Chinese mainland.

Later that same day, McConaughy and his staff boarded a train for Tientsin and the U.S. liner General W. H. Gordon. Last week, the General Gordon nosed into Hong Kong...

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