CHINA: End & Beginning

With the convocation of the oft-postponed National Constitutional Assembly last week, China entered a new phase in her long search for democratic unity. By calling the Assembly in the face of a Communist boycott, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek underscored his recent military victories over the Reds. He could proceed —unilaterally, if necessary—to establish the forms if not the substance of democracy, could tell the Communists and other dissenters to like it or lump it.

This meant that President Truman's directive of last December, under which General George C. Marshall sought a compromise conclusion...

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