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Twice in the following week Mao's antiaircraft guns on the, Manchurian side of the Yalu had fired at U.S. bombers flying on the Korean side, once near the Sui-Ho reservoir and once in the vicinity of Sinuiju, and Truman had been sufficiently concerned to express the hope on September 1

"that the people of China will not be misled or forced into fighting against the United Nations and against the American people."

But except for George Kennan, most U.S. sinologists felt, in Acheson's words, that such an outcome was "not a probability."