CHINA: Sliding Scale

General George Marshall, back in his Chungking mediation job, wanted to find out the price for which the newly rampaging Chinese Communists would settle. He asked Lo Lung-chi, head of the pinko Democratic League, to find out. Lo had a talk with Communist Negotiator Chou Enlai, then Lo spilled enough beans to make the Chinese situation clearer than it has been for many a week.

The Communists, said Lo, wanted to revise upward the 1-to-5 ratio of Red troops to Government troops in Manchuria, agreed upon last February. Marshall was furious with Lo...

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