Chinese Communists were still entrenched last week along the Great Wall, barring the advance of Central Government troops into Manchuria. U.S. marines stood within earshot of the crump of mortars and the boom of artillery. U.S. warships, under Vice Admiral Daniel E. Barbey, refused to risk a landing of Government troops in Manchuria's Communist-held ports; the Admiral warned both Communists, and Nationalists that Manchuria might be lost in the squabble and emerge as an "independent state" like Outer Mongolia.

Under strict orders to stay out of China's still-limited civil war, the Americans were the targets of fierce Communist complaints that they were...

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