CHINA: Wang Winged

In trim khaki, eschewing gold braid and gaudy epaulets, the 1935 model Chinese field marshals, generals and satraps gathered in Nanking last week. Almost every Chinese of importance was there. Never before had China's Methodist Dictator, Generalissimo Chiang Kaishek, drawn around himself quite so many of China's military élite. Even the great has-been among Chinese war lords, strapping, whimsical and always surprising "Christian Marshal" Feng Yu-hsiang, trekked down from his retirement near the Tai Shan ("Sacred Mountain") to announce good humoredly that he is "now a devout Buddhist."

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