Red China: The Prize Defector

Nobody rejoices over a repentant sinner more than Red China's Premier Chou En-lai—particularly if the sinner is a highly placed defector from the West. To prove it, Chou ordered party flacks to go all out last week on a reception for 74-year-old Li Tsung-jen, Nationalist China's acting President during the final days of the Communist conquest, and Peking's biggest prize so far in the East-West defection game.

War lord of Kwangsi province during the 1920s and '30s, Li early urged a united front of Nationalists and Communists to fight the invading Japanese war machine, gave the weary Chinese their first...

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