COMMUNIST CHINA: The Loosened Rack

The hardest place to seek the truth these days is Communist China: John Foster Dulles won't let U.S. reporters in, and Chinese Communists won't let them roam. But all the signs—travelers' reports, refugees' statements, guarded Communist broadcasts—indicate that Red China is undergoing the worst agricultural crisis since the Communist conquest in 1949.

The food crisis is playing hob with Mao Tse-tung's ambition to transform Red China headlong into a major industrial power. He had set workers to mining twice as much coal as they ever did under the Nationalists, and producing more than...

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