Red China: Peking Opera

From time to time, the secrecy that shrouds Red China is parted by events, and between the curtains the world suddenly gets a glimpse of what Peking's potentates are about. Last week was one of those times.

The scenario seemed to have been conjured up by an author of Chinese opera. First came the clanging overture: China's third atomic explosion in 18 months. Next came the dramatic appearance of the star: Chairman Mao Tse-tung turned up in public view for the first time since last November. Finally, there was the tragic-heroic ending:...

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