CHINA: Quotations from Mao

Just before China's Defense Minister, Lin Piao, staged an abortive coup d'etat last fall, Chairman Mao Tse-tung made a month-long tour of the provinces, informally telling party leaders about his continuing political troubles with his subordinates and his clashes with Heir Apparent Lin. A transcript of Mao's rambling remarks, circulated by Peking's Central Committee last spring, was smuggled to Taiwan, where it was released last week. Excerpts:

ON LIN AND THE ARMY. Lin Piao says that the People's Liberation Army was created and led by Mao, but is commanded by Lin. I say that what has been created [by the...