China: Stubborn Optimism

Fifty years ago on the tenth day of the tenth month in 1911, the city of Wuchang on the Yangtze River was captured by a band of rebel followers of the late Dr. Sun Yatsen. It took another four months of fighting before the decadent Manchu empire was overthrown by Sun Yat-sen's republicans, but Chinese everywhere have always celebrated the "Double Ten" date as a national holiday.

On the Nationalist island of Formosa last week, there was a march past of 11,000 troops while 160 jet fighters roared overhead. A dozen Nationalist frogmen swam...

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