Foreign News: Month of Decision

From Shanghai last week, after a tour of liberated China, LIFE Correspondent Charles J. V. Murphy cabled:

The drama of the reoccupation of East, South and North China moved toward its climax. The South was completely in hand. In the East—the Yangtze Valley—Government authority was all but complete. Only the North remained out of Nationalist control.

Japanese troops, having played out their last forlorn role, were about to retire to concentration camps. Their commander, General Yasuji Okamura, for many years overlord of all North China, brooded in the gloomy rooms of the Foreign Office...

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