RED CHINA: The Rice of Socialism

For Chinese, their grain is rice, and their meat is pork. Last week, under their Communist masters, they were getting less of both.

In the wake of the country's worst combination of floods, drought and famine in nearly a decade, Communist administrators had taken to including sweet potatoes in weighing out the daily pound of rice. Farmers, with a bitterness that only a Chinese can fully appreciate, had coined a saying: "Sweet potatoes and noodles are the rice of socialism."

Pork rationing, long in force in other cities, was extended to Peking itself. Farmers were unrationed, but they were getting less...

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