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America talks up the threat posed by China as Vietnam war protests grow

America’s persistence in the Vietnam war has long been linked with the policy of “containing” China. But the argument has rarely been put in such an apocalyptic form as in the latest counter-offensive of the Johnson Administration against its Vietnam critics.

Secretary of State Dean Rusk at his last press conference evoked a nightmare picture of a thousand million Chinese armed with nuclear weapons and set on the path of world revolution. Rebuked by Mr James Reston in the New York Times for reviving Kaiser Wilhelm II’s “yellow peril”, Mr Rusk has angrily denied that he is a racialist. The peril is not Yellow, but Red.

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