THE NATIONS: Meeting in Moscow

In the Kremlin last week, the peasant who had become master of 450 million Chinese met with the peasant who was master of 200 million Russians.

Red China's pudgy Mao Tse-tung had made the long trip from Peking to Moscow to pay fealty to Joseph Stalin. A Soviet diplomatic mission met Mao at the Manchurian border, put him on the Trans-Siberian railway, escorted him all the way to Moscow (ten days, some 3,500 miles). So far as is known, it was Mao's first trip outside his native land.

Mao was accompanied by his more-traveled crony,...

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