CHINA: Sleep, Little Precious

For weeks the outside world has been eagerly panning the stream of propaganda that pours out of Red China for nuggets of news about the health and whereabouts of Dictator Mao Tse-tung.

Last December Mao mysteriously vanished from the public eye, and rumors cropped up that Peking was concealing news of his death. There was even one report that Mao, 63, had died following an operation for cancer.

When China's recently appointed constitutional committee held its first meeting a fortnight ago, however, the Peking radio offhandedly reported that Committee Chairman Mao had presided. Last week Peking papers arriving in Hong Kong carried...

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