CHINA: Bitter Tea

The tea of the Chinese was turning bitter last week. When Britain and the U.S. said they would give up extraterritorial rights in China (TIME, Oct. 19), democratic hopes leaped up throughout the world. The Chinese, who had just given Wendell Willkie one of the warmest receptions in Oriental history, cheered themselves hoarse.

The Western press scarcely noticed that presently big, bland Richard Kidston Law, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, rose in the House of Commons to say that Britain's intentions did not include surrendering Hong Kong.

The Chinese noticed it. The question of Hong Kong was not one of extraterritoriality,...

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