Foreign Correspondents: The Tiny World of Anthony Grey

Outside the high, grim wall that surrounds the house, hawkers shout, traffic rumbles and pedestrians chatter. Inside the wall, no one speaks to Anthony Grey, Reuters' man in Peking. Grey is confined to a 12-ft.-square whitewashed room, whose window is partially boarded up. Through the window, he can see the wall, and he can catch only a glimpse of a tiny courtyard and—again—the wall. The door of his room stands open, so. that the ever-present guard at the gate can see him at all times. For five months of the year, the room is chilled by...

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