The Yalta Story: The Far East

Churchill did not take part in Yalta's Far Eastern discussions. His memoirs for late 1944 show his curt dismissal of the importance of China. "This American obsession," he wrote. "That China is one of the world's four great powers is an absolute farce." At Yalta Churchill was content to let Roosevelt and Stalin play out the farce by themselves.

The Background. Their private conferences at Yalta had a background that revealed Roosevelt's willingness to expand the Russian position in the Far East, where the defeat of Japan and the civil war in China were to...

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