Foreign News: Chou the Strategist

For Chou Enlai, Geneva was indeed a famous victory, won in the open where the world could look on and draw its own fearful conclusions. "Are the Western nations really capable of stopping Communist aggression?" asked the independent Chinese Truth Daily of Hong Kong. "The doubt alone is sufficient."

Across Asia, the world's largest and most heavily populated continent, the doubt was spreading, the fabric of resistance fraying. Japanese conservatives and liberals alike were discussing "peaceful coexistence." In Thailand, U.S. officials weighed the mood and concluded: "America has no monopoly of agonizing reappraisals."...

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