Red China: Hard Year

"Natural adversities without parallel in the past 100 years," said the Red Chinese last week, are to blame for China's serious food shortages. But just how serious is only slowly becoming known. Last week Radio Peking reported that a total of 148 million acres, or more than half Red China's cultivated land, had been affected to some degree. For 40 days the lower stream of the great Yellow River itself was dried up almost completely. Because of the drought, four provinces in the Yellow River valley were virtually without water for periods ranging from seven to twelve months. In...

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