CHINA: Exit?

As the Communists bore down on the Nationalist shadow capital of Chungking, Acting President Li Tsung-jen took off on an inspection tour of his native Kwangsi province. Last week, he stepped off a plane in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, announced he would enter a hospital for treatment of an old gastric ailment. In Chungking, wily old Shansi warlord Yen Hsi-shan, Taiyuan's unsuccessful defender (TIME, June 13), stepped into Li's place. Secretaries kept Li's office open, but no one really thought that he would be back.

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