RED CHINA: Starving to Death

For advanced training in doubletalk, no classroom in the Communist world last week could match Peking's Huai Jen Hall, site of the fourth meeting of Red China's National People's Congress. Led off by Premier Chou En-lai (TIME, July 8), Peking's Marxist mandarins popped up, one by one, to assure the pseudo Parliament that the nation was in splendid shape. Then, one by one, they cited statistics demonstrating that the best-laid plans of Mao's men have gone agley.

The first clear confession was made by Vice Premier Li Hsien-nien, who reported that because...

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