Foreign News: Business with the Enemy

Defense Minister Emanuel Shinwell told the House of Commons last week how gallantly the men of Britain's Gloucestershire Regiment had died in Korea (TIME. May 7). Up rose M.P. Raymond Blackburn, independent ex-Laborite,with a searing question: Why had Britain supplied Red China with thousands of tons of iron & steel, vehicles, aircraft parts, rubber? Wasn't it "high time we ceased to supply the people against whom our boys are fighting?"

Caught unprepared, Shinwell sputtered that Blackburn was "inaccurate ... for several months now we have placed an embargo on the export of strategic...