CHINA: One-Way Street

For the third time in 21 years Peiping's citizens last week prepared to receive an approaching conqueror. At first their preparations were scarcely perceptible. Skaters still weaved across Nan Hai Lake, near the Forbidden City. In the adjoining park, old gentlemen taking their caged songsters for an airing paused to compare birds. The lovely city (its name means "Northern Peace") expected, even looked forward to a quick, peaceful turnover.

General Fu Tso-yi, Nationalist commander in the north, shattered the city's traditional calm. For a fortnight he had been pulling his troops back from one outlying position after another. His "North...

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