World: A Model Red

Any eager young Chinese Communist diplomat would have jumped at the assignment, and crewcut, bespectacled Tung Chi-ping was no exception. The place was Bujumbura, the cool, colorful capital of tiny Burundi (pop. 2,750,000) in the heart of subversion-ripe Central Africa. The embassy itself was located in an entire wing of the Paguidas-Haidemenos Hotel ("hot and cold running water"), and the job was nominally "assistant cultural attache." The duties were far more interesting than mere lecturing on Sung poetry and Ming pottery. Every night, for instance, exciting home movies were shown to select...

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