The Press: Closeup on China

Despite its "new opening" toward the U.S., the Peking government has allowed only a handful of correspondents from American newspapers and magazines into Red China. By far the finest account so far of life in the land of Mao appears in the November issue of the Atlantic Monthly; the author is Australian Ross Terrill, 33, a contributing editor of the magazine. Harvard's John K. Fairbank, the dean of American Sinologists, calls Terrill's 15,000-word article "the best piece of reporting from China since the late '40s." Other China watchers heartily concur.

After arriving in Canton...

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