RED CHINA: Forward in Reverse

At a recent Communist Party meeting in Peking, an ambitious delegate who began to recite the once-obligatory eulogies to "the great agricultural leap" was harshly reminded by one of his colleagues that, after all, China's Communists were "not like the legendary monkey god, Sun Wun Kung, who could pull out one of his hairs and with a breath create an army." More bluntly yet, the Peking People's Daily unprecedentedly admitted the possibility of famine "in certain areas of the country." In face of the hunger that stalks mainland China for the third...

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