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I did. As a matter of fact, for years we had a man who was our China specialist.
This was when I was a member of the editorial board, and I felt had gotten us into a
terribly wrong position on China, and I was very unhappy for years about our China policy.
As a member of the editorial board-and this illustrates again what I said to you earlier,
that a man can be a member of the editorial board of the Times, as I have been, without
agreeing with everything that the Times says-the only things you necessarily agree with
are what you yourself write. But naturally, unless you're in charge, you don't necessarily-
I was very unhappy, for years, about our China policy, which I felt was most unrealistic
(written mainly by a man who died some years ago), and this fits in with what I said a
minute ago, that when I got in charge of the editorial page, I felt that the one place we
needed a major shift, I wouldn't say reversal at all because we had been, I think, sort of
slightly moving toward a two-China policy. We hadn't been as adamant as we had been
years before on the subject of non-recognition of Communist China.
Anyway, I felt a significant shift was this shift with respect to Far Eastern policy. We had,
of course, by that time a new, different man writing specifically on China and Far Eastern
affairs, and, ironically enough, he wasn't terribly happy with this shift himself, and, as a
matter of fact, he has since left the Times' editorial board.
The present situation is that right now I do not have anyone who can be called a real expert
on the Far East. I have a couple of people who write exclusively on foreign affairs, one of
whom is very much interested in Far Eastern affairs, and whom I hope to send out there in
this coming year so he'll become more intimately acquainted. The truth is that I don't have
any expert on Far Eastern affairs, as we have had up to about a year or two ago.
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