Red China: How Good a Thing?

If glee could ever infiltrate that frozen phiz, Chou En-lai would have come on like Danny Kaye. As it was, speaking to four Filipino newsmen in the Great Hall of the People at Peking, Red China's dyspeptic Premier had a hard time choking back a chortle. What, the visitors asked, did Chou think of Nikita Khrushchev's ouster? "In one word," snapped Chou, "it is a good thing."

That was more than one word, of course, and quite possibly less than objective. To be sure, Peking could hardly be expected to mourn the demise of its archenemy. The Chinese could reasonably...

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