FOREIGN RELATIONS: Personal Opinions

In the bridge room of Shanghai's American Club, ECAdministrator Paul G. Hoffman, nine days out of Washington on a quick round-the-world trip, met some 35 foreign and Chinese correspondents last week. Trim and smiling in his double-breasted blue suit, Hoffman tried to be as responsive as possible. Sensibly, at the outset, he cautioned that he had no authority or qualifications to "determine or define" U.S. policy toward China. But, whatever his good intentions, the cautious, sensible-sounding words he then uttered were a kick in the teeth to the tottering Nationalist government and a boost, in effect, to the Communists.

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