RED CHINA: Famine on the Way?

Dry dust swirled across China's great plains under cloudless skies. Red China was facing a major drought in its chief food-producing areas.

From May to July (TIME, May 13 et seq.) the Chinese had suffered what the Reds called "the greatest floods in recorded history." Then the rains stopped. Unless the rains came soon, admitted the Reds, in February there would be famine.

The Communists have mobilized all their resources of manpower. In Anhwei, where no rain has fallen for two months, 9,000,000 peasants, led by 3,000 Red cadres, dug emergency canals, lugged water on their backs to sprinkle 5,000,000 parched...

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