Foreign News: Belated R.S.V.P.

During the four years since Britain recognized Red China, the British charge d'affaires in Peking suffered the kind of humiliation that a century ago would have led Lord Palmerston to dispatch a gunboat. The top Communist brass snubbed him; their juniors let him cool his heels in anterooms. His mission consisted largely of trying to free Britons who had been clapped in jail by Mao Tse-tung, and trying to get compensation for British firms whose assets had been expropriated by the Reds. The Communists never bothered to send diplomatic representation to London.

Last week Sir Winston Churchill announced in the House of...

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