National Affairs: The China Lobby

Just when cooler heads in the Administration had about decided to forget the whole thing, up jumped Connecticut's Democratic Brien McMahon last week to wave excitedly at an old dragon. Joined by Oregon's Republican maverick, Wayne Morse, McMahon presented a resolution: the Foreign Relations Committee should spend $50,000 to find out whether any attempt had been made by any group representing Nationalist China to influence U.S. foreign policy since Pearl Harbor.

What McMahon was pointing at was the so-called "China Lobby." He had issued his lookout's cry once before, during the MacArthur hearing,...

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