Mr. W. J. Browne (SI. John's West):
Mr. Speaker, before the house adjourned on Tuesday evening I was reviewing some remarks that had been made in this debate on external affairs by the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell) and was drawing the attention of the house especially to the latter part of the hon. member's remarks to be found on page 690 of Hansard. I now wish to refer to that portion of his speech in which the hon. member said that he knew it was a bit risky to discuss Far Eastern questions and then went on to make reference to Owen Lattimore in the United States. During the course of that debate I stated that I had heard of Owen Lattimore long before I had heard of Senator McCarthy, and the impression I had of Owen Lattimore was that he was a fellow traveller and that his writings leaned to the left.
Since Tuesday evening I have found an article in the China Monthly, published in New York in October, 1948, in which there is a review of two books published by two men who had been sent to China by the United States government during the years following the conclusion of the war with Japan. These two books are "The Stilwell Papers", which contains the memoirs of General Stilwell as edited by Theodore White, and "The United States and China", by John King Fairbank. This article by Alfred Kohl-berg is illustrated, and the first picture I see is a picture of Owen Lattimore sitting down with Chiang Kai-shek in Chungking. The author of this article is also the publisher of a magazine called Plain Talk and chairman of the American China Policy Association, I quote from this article as follows:
Early in 1943, Lattimore wrote of the generalissimo . we have in Asia a world statesman, a real genius in Chiang Kai-shek. What may be called the functional test of the historical importance of Chiang Kai-shek is the fact that throughout an already long political career, he has grown steadily greater and greater." The following year, after orders from Moscow to switch, Lattimore switched his opinions to suit.
Subtopic: FOREIGN POLICY