A forgotten historical footnote provides the opportunity for the United States and China to reframe their relationship.
“Abandon ship!” The order was given by Lieutenant Arthur “Tex” Anders of the gunboat USS Panay (PR-5) as bombs fell from Japanese warplanes on a peaceful Sunday in December. Anders, the ship’s executive officer, did not bark his orders from the bridge or shout them over the ship’s communications system. Instead, he blotted the words on the bulkhead and navigation charts in his own blood. Hit in the throat by shrapnel, Anders was unable to speak and had to get word to the watch to pass the dreadful order. Although he sustained serious injuries, Anders survived that attack and went on to become one of the first U.S. casualties of World War II.1