National Affairs: Question Before the House

There still remained the problem of Communist China itself: should the U.S. recognize it, or firmly announce now that it has no intention of doing so?

The lawyers and the State Department argued that recognition meant neither approval nor disapproval, since the U.S. already recognizes Communist Russia and all the Communist satellites in Eastern Europe. Besides, the U.S. had just recognized the unsavory Arias government in Panama, while making clear that it disapproved of it.

So far as China was concerned, State Department Mimeograph machines could churn out legal opinions until the Amazon froze without altering one fact: recognition of the Reds would...

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