Religion: Red Formality

From Red China's Premier Chou En-lai last week came a sweeping order formalizing the obvious: all Christian missions, schools and hospitals supported by Americans are taken under strict Communist control. Other provisions: ¶ Missions that cannot support themselves may call on Peking for subsidies (or shut up shop). ¶ Missionaries who "oppose the People's Government" will be dismissed, and those charged with "crimes" will be punished. ¶ Missionaries who are "not reactionary" may stay on, but only in subordinate positions.

Best guess as to the order's purpose: to "legalize" the seizures that have been going on for...

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