Red China: In Humanitarian Spirit

One day last week Red Cross stretcher-bearers picked up their load and headed across the railroad bridge linking Red China with Hong Kong. Loudspeakers on the Chinese side opened up with martial airs. But on the stretcher, Robert Ezra McCann appeared to hear neither the music nor his wife's whisper, "Now we are out." He stared blankly into the China skies. After ten years in Red China's jails, McCann was free.

Born 60 years ago of U.S. missionary parents in the Chinese coastal city of Chefoo, Robert McCann considered China his home. When the Japanese overran the country in the...

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