A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 13, 1963

THE world's largest off-limits preserve, so far as journalists are concerned, is a Red China so tightly sealed that it makes Soviet Russia seem an open book. We can only do the best we can, from the outside peeping in, and are always unhappy that we can't do more, for Red China remains one of the world's big stories and its most underreported one.

Once before, on a previous TIME cover story, we described how we go about collecting material from our Hong Kong listening post (whose collection of books and newspapers is famous enough...

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