THE NATIONS: Mao Settles the Dust

The Communist victory in China changed the political and strategic map of the world; therefore, it required far-reaching policy decisions by the U.S. Last February Secretary of State Dean Acheson postponed these decisions by saying that he would "wait until the dust settles." Last week China's Communist Boss Mao Tse-tung settled the dust; he made an air-clearing statement that disclosed the U.S. already standing at a crossroads which the State Department had hoped it would not reach until the weather got cooler, say in October.

What Mao did was to explode the...

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