Communists: The Sphinx, Anyone?

The most reluctant rubberneck in Egypt last week was Communist China's Premier Chou Enlai. Granted only three sessions with President Nasser during his week's sojourn in Cairo, Chou was propelled relentlessly through the list of VIP tourist attractions: an automobile plant, a museum, Egypt's military academy, the Aswan Dam. When his hosts insisted on a close-up inspection of the Sphinx, Chou asked plaintively: "Do I have to go? I've already seen it from a distance."

Though the visit to Egypt was only the first leg of his scheduled two-month swing through Africa,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!