POLICIES & PRINCIPLES: Wanted: a Decision

For the U.S. Government the hour of decision in China rapidly approached. The issue: should the U.S. openly and forcefully support the Government of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek in its fight against the Chinese Communists? If not, how else could the traditional U.S. policy of a free, united and democratic China be maintained?

If Chiang's troops could take Manchuria without U.S. help, Washington had no problem. But Washington knew how desperately Chiang's armies needed equipment, how lack of transport virtually immobilized his main forces. The U.S. would not be content to see enemies...

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