National Affairs: Foolish Face

The word "face" loomed large in Secretary of State Dean Acheson's week, and his own face showed that he wasn't happy about it.

There was a peremptory cable from the master of a U.S. freighter: "Was my entry Shanghai legal or illegal: if illegal, I request notice. If legal, insist upon suitable protection." The freighter Sir John Franklin was the second to be fired on in the past two weeks, while trying to run the Nationalist blockade into Chinese Communist ports.

Dean Acheson tried to give an answer of sorts at his weekly press conference. The U.S. did not recognize the Nationalist blockade,...

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