CHINA: Earthquake Man

Dr. Wong Wen-hao once wrote a book called Earthquake Regions of China. Last week he needed all his seismographic skill, for he was named Premier of the Chinese Republic—a vast earthquake region crumbling under the triple temblors of civil war, inflation and mass discontent.

Home to Mother. Dr. Wong is not physically impressive: he is under 5 ft. and weighs 90-odd pounds, and his homely face is scarred from an auto smashup 14 years ago. He has no political following: though a member of the Kuomintang, he is generally considered an independent. Most...

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