RED CHINA: Triumph at a Price

Beneath triumphal arches, about 350 Communist trucks roared through Tibet into the Forbidden City of Lhasa last week, along two new main roads from Red China. Thirty thousand Tibetans gathered before the legendary Potala palace to greet the trucks, which symbolized their first main road contact with the outside world. Communist authorities paid tribute to the eternal friendship between Red China and Tibet, which the Communists had conquered in 1951, and decorated the workers who had drawn the new highways across the roof of the world.

The Red China-Tibet highways present new strategic daggers at the mountain passes of India,...

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