Nation: The Firebee

Communist China held an official ceremony celebrating a "major victory" in the shooting down of "a pilotless, high-altitude reconnaissance military plane of U.S. imperialism" over Central-South China. The U.S. reaction was a classic "Who, me?" The widely known fact was that the Chicoms, for once, were not lying.

The U.S. has indeed been conducting intensive aerial reconnaissance over South China, North Viet Nam and the Laotian panhandle—where two U.S. jets were downed last week by Communist fire (see THE WORLD). All these neighborhoods would be staging areas for troop concentrations if the Viet Nam war were to escalate.

The pilotless plane the Chinese...

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