CHINA: Mission to Moscow

A plane from Peking slipped into the Moscow Central airport early this week and handed the world another great big question mark. On the plane were 15 top-level Chinese government and military leaders, headed by Red China's Premier and Foreign Minister Chou Enlai. On the ground to greet them was Russia's No. 2 man, Politburocrat Vyacheslav Molotov.

This was no ordinary meeting of Kremlinites and satellites. Something was stirring, as could be judged by the fact that Chou's team included the chief of China's air fleet and the deputy chief of her artillery,...

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