Foreign News: Clem & the Communists

Loaded down with strong opinions after his fleeting (18-day) guided tour of Communist China, ex-Prime Minister Clement Attlee came back home last week and promptly let the strongest of them fall on the public ear. "The sooner we get rid of Chiang Kai-shek and his troops, the better it will be," said the 71-year-old Labor Party chieftain, who hopes soon again to govern Britain.

Attlee neglected to add just how he would get rid of Chiang's 500,000 troops —unless Red China's armies do the job for him. "He could hardly have said more," wrote the Daily Telegraph, "without actually inviting the Communists...

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