The World: Peking's Wordy Debut

It has been estimated that more than 500 million pages of printed material spew forth each year from United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan. Last week, as a delegation representing Mao Tse-tung's China formally took its place in the great cave of winds known as the General Assembly, it was easy to see why. There were no fewer than 56 welcoming addresses, spinning out for 51 hours.

When the time finally came for the Chinese to make their debut, Deputy Foreign Minister Chiao Kuan-hua walked slowly to the giant green marble rostrum, took off his...

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