The Truman Doctrine and the Far East
Throughout their modern history Manchuria and Korea have been pawns of great power rivalries.1 Today it is Russia and the United States, meeting in East Asia, whose policies will be the determining factor in the future of these areas. If China had emerged from the war as a strong, unified nation, Manchuria and Korea might have formed a bridge by which American and Russian interests could be joined. As it is, there is danger that they may become fields of battle between the giant powers.
The issue will be drawn on the subject of Communism. Manchuria has now become the stronghold of the Communist forces in China's civil war. During the last year these forces have succeeded in bringing ...