Red China: Disarray

The rulers of Red China came as close as they dared to a public admission of failure.

For three weeks, the National People's Congress met in secret in Peking. In the vast, modernistic Great Hall of the People, 1,027 delegates gathered to hear the new line. Premier Chou En-lai and other top brass were seated beneath a tan, tasseled curtain bedecked with the huge, five-starred Red Chinese seal of state. All foreigners were barred, even representatives of Peking's one dependable European ally, little Albania.

Finally last week, Peking published a summary of Premier...

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