National Affairs: The China Statement

Anyone who wanted to get a line on General Marshall as Secretary of State could profitably read his 1,800-word farewell statement on China. It reflected a man of patience, firmness and devotion to fact, a man who would try to be fair at all costs. It also reflected the temper of a man who could get indignant but still speak with determined moderation.

In a long year in China, General Marshall had plowed through the Chinese political jungle, filled with "almost insurmountable and maddening obstacles." He did not want to leave the U.S. with...

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