Foreign News: The Grounds for Hope

On NBC's Meet the Press last week, Nationalist China's Madame Chiang Kai-shek asserted: "All over China they are crying out right now for the return of the Nationalist government." The Generalissimo himself has never ceased to insist that one day he will go back, although he has adjusted his thinking to changing circumstances.

For the first five or six years after the retreat to Formosa, the Generalissimo regularly spoke of reconquering the mainland "next year." Today it has become "soon" or "when the time is ripe." Aware of U.S. fears that a Nationalist attack...

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