SPECIAL SECTION: A Guide to Nixon's China Journey

Great plans are being made.

A bridge will fly to join the north

and south, A deep chasm becomes a

thoroughfare; The mountain goddess, if she still

is there, Will be startled to find her world

so changed.

—Mao Tse-tung

A) Richard Nixon prepares to fly to Peking this week, he is reading, among other things, some of the writings of the remarkable poet-politician who will be his host. The haunting, prophetic verse quoted above, written in 1956, is included along with the eight thick black volumes of political and cultural notes that were put together...

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