National Affairs: More for Mao

Ever since the Korean war the U.S. has maintained an embargo on Red China trade and pressured allies into limiting their business with the Reds. The embargo has been effective; the pressure has drawn frequent complaints, notably from Britain and Japan. Mindful of the complaints, newsmen pricked up their ears at President Eisenhower's press conference last week when Ike launched on a sympathetic defense of the Japanese viewpoint.

To the President, the idea of double-damning Japan by limiting exports to the U.S. and preventing trade with "any of the great area" (i.e., Red China) close by across the China Sea seemed foolish....

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