CHINA: Birthday Present

Gas lanterns hissed faintly as Premier Sun Fo last week rose to speak before China's Legislative Yuan in Nanking. There was only scattered applause. When Sun announced he would resign the applause was much louder. Most of the lawmakers had already decided that Sun Fo and his cabinet, who had split Acting President Li Tsung-jen's government by setting up shop in Canton, were delaying peace with the Communists.

After the meeting, in the privacy of his own home, Sun wearily spoke his mind: "The new government, no matter who heads it, will face even worse difficulties than mine." China had...

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