Communists: Fight of the Tigers

"Dear Comrades," said the note. "We have received your letter of Feb. 24, 1966, inviting us to attend your 23rd Congress as guests. In normal circumstances, it would be considered an indi cation of friendship. But . . ."

Thus began the most caustic kiss-off in the history of the Sino-Soviet squabble. By the time the Chinese Central Committee had finished its 1,270-word "Dear Ivan" letter, with a facetious ref erence to "fraternal greetings," it had accused Russia of every philandering trick from "great power chauvinism" to "collusion" with the U.S. In...

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