Foreign News: Traditional Friendship

From the moment he boarded the Air India Constellation at Geneva, Chou En-lai set out to charm the Indians. He smiled graciously at the air hostess and murmured "I am grateful" at the slightest mark of attention. He ostentatiously relished the galley's chicken curry and passed around autographs and packets of Chinese cigarettes. Just before the plane touched down at New Delhi's Palam airport, Chou handed the crew a written certificate: "Skillful pilotship and wonderful service. All this is worthy of being learned by Chinese airlines. I am grateful to the Indian government for sending this special plane to bring me...

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