CHINA: Broken Silence

In Geneva last week Chinese Reds who are negotiating with the U.S. broke five months of mutually agreed silence to complain that U.S. insistence on a Communist renunciation of force over Formosa is stymying any hope of settlement. From Hong Kong, TIME Senior Editor John Osborne cabled his evaluation:

"The Communist military position is very different today from what it was in 1954. Then all authorities out here judged that the Reds were nowhere near capable of serious attack on Formosa or any part of the island complex. Now Communists have or very soon will have facilities, principally air bases...

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