The World: Phony War

The rapprochement between Tokyo and Peking two weeks ago was greeted in Taipei with a show of splendid in dignation. It meant, thundered the China News, nothing less than a return to a state of war between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan. In recognizing the government on mainland China, the argument went, Japan had to break diplomatic ties with Tai wan and abrogate their 1952 peace trea ty, leaving relations between the two countries right back where they were before that year — in a state of war.

It was of course a phony war, even though some...

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