Red China: Who Needs Pants?

Peking last week publicly admitted that Red China will not have its long-promised nuclear bomb for a long time to come. Foreign Minister Marshal Chen Yi conceded that economic troubles and the quarrel with the Russians (who withdrew their technicians and broke an atomic-aid treaty) have seriously delayed Peking's atomic program. It would be "several years," Chen told visiting Japanese correspondents, before the regime could even test a crude atom bomb.

But China is far from giving up its nuclear ambitions. Some time ago, Khrushchev warned that any country trying to build a bomb without adequate resources might lose its pants....

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