POLICIES & PRINCIPLES: Toward Recognition

POLICIES & PRINCIPLES

The U.S. State Department wants to recognize the Chinese Communists. It would like to do so in concert with the British, who hope that by establishing "normal" relations with Red China they can safeguard Hong Kong, along with their other colonial and commercial interests in the Far East. But, unexpectedly, Secretary of State Dean Acheson has run into stiff opposition from President Truman.

Harry Truman has decided, somewhat belatedly, that he doesn't like the Chinese Communists. The President expressed his views recently when Acheson suggested that U.S. warships join British warships in breaking the Chinese Nationalist blockade of Communist...

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