The Press: Slow Boat to China

Ever since the Communists banished U.S. newsmen from China in 1949, correspondents have longed and schemed to get back after the news there. With growing impatience since European journalists began traveling into China in 1954, Americans pressed visa applications on Hong Kong intermediaries and fired off direct appeals to old China acquaintances, such as attractive Madame Kung Peng, press chief of Peking's Foreign Ministry. Last week Peking broke its long silence. Out went cables inviting 18 newsmen* for a month's visit, and telling them that they can pick up visas before the end of August in Moscow or at a Chinese...

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