China: Trouble in All Directions

As usual, the accounts were sketchy, sometimes contradictory, and — as in the reports of pitched battles between forces totaling 50,000 men around Chungking — often exaggerated. But their message was clear. After a brief respite of army-imposed order, violence and civil strife are again spreading across China.

To judge by the official government press, all but nine of the country's 26 provinces and regions are beset by some degree of unrest. Peking has officially described the province of Kirin in Manchuria as "very disturbed" and warned the citizens of far northern Heilungkiang,...

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