The Press: Please Don't Eat The Lotus Leaves

Wherever he goes, James Reston of the New York Times is something of a presence, even in Peking. Last week, recovered from his appendectomy and acupuncture (TIME, Aug. 9), Scotty Reston came up with the longest and so far the only one-to-one interview with Premier Chou En-lai since the start of Ping Pong diplomacy last April. The formal question-and-answer session lasted three hours, followed by a two-hour dinner in the Fukien Room of the Great Hall of the People. Reston's tone was hardly that of the ordinary newsman. By turns statesmanlike and philosophical,...

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