A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 13, 1967

NOBODY really knows precisely what is happening in China. But it is journalism's job to find out as much as possible about one of the great stories of the decade, if not the century. That is why Mao Tse-tung is on our cover this week.

Day after day the noises out of Red China sounded increasingly explosive. By week's end, they had reached a crescendo. This obviously was another climax in the unfolding spectacle of China's chaos, and the story that had been developing all week grew into a cover story. TIME correspondents in the Far East (where it was Sunday morning)...

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