INDO-CHINA: The Latecomer


The new Vietnamese Prime Minister emerged from his drab Paris hotel one day last week, and took the subway across town. At the Palais d'Orsay he went up to his new government offices (a second-floor hotel room), where he started dictating memoranda to his executive' secretary (a part-time animated-cartoon artist). All day the Prime Minister greeted diplomats, newspapermen and Vietnamese well-wishers in courtly turmoil, now and then lapsing into deep meditation and silence.

Long past midnight, he returned to his own hotel room, with its single bed and footlocker, its view of...

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