China: A Time of Summing Up

There were all the boys atop the reviewing stand at Tienanmen Square as usual, dressed in their formless grey tu nics, trousers and caps and led by Mao Tse-tung himself. The grouping showed no real change in the hierarchy, but last week's celebration of China's Na tional Day was still unusual. Only 500,-000 gathered at Peking's Gate of Heavenly Peace, compared with last year's 1,500,000. The parade lasted only two hours instead of the previous four. In place of last year's 20-ft. colossus, there was a new statue of Mao that was merely larger than life.

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