ASIA: Burning Questions

Asia last week was burning at both ends and in the middle—in China, India and the Middle East (see below). These fires had been smoldering for generations, but in the case of the Middle East and India, Allied military successes that reawakened hopes of peace in Europe, aroused Arabs and Indians to press their nationalist aims while their maneuvers in the politics of the war and of the peace gave them a bargaining point with Britain.

Their strategic position at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, flanking Suez, the Red Sea and Bab el Mandeb gave the Arab possessors of...

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