A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 8, 1971

CHINA watching is no longer a sport," observes Tokyo Correspondent S. Chang, "but a source of anxious anticipation. As mainland China sheds her veils of mystery one after another, she becomes increasingly bewitching." Another apt metaphor might compare China and its growing involvement in world affairs to a mosaic whose pieces are scattered round the globe. Examining last week's U.N. vote, its background and ramifications, is a mission for which TIME'S network of bureaus is particularly well suited. We assigned a score of correspondents to collect all the fragments so that Writer Tim...

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