Foreign News: Where's Mao?

In mid-December, Red China's Dictator Mao Tse-tung stood up in Peking to receive the credentials of new Soviet Ambassador P. F. Yudin. Since then, as far as anyone knows, Mao has not been seen in public. Persistent rumors have described the Chinese dictator as seriously ill with heart disease. Whatever the rumors, Mao did not appear at a New Year's meeting of high Communist officials, and he failed to show at a committee meeting on Jan. 21, on the anniversary of Lenin's death. His birthday last Nov. 17 went entirely unnoticed in China, though Russia and the satellites whooped it up...

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