The World: A Reporter's China Diary

Ever more self-confident, outward-looking and relaxed, China in recent months has invited dozens of foreign delegations to visit Peking. The largest was the 600-man group of Canadian businessmen, officials and journalists who were in China to stage the largest trade fair ever held hy a foreign country in Peking. Canadian External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp led a delegation to the fair's opening and journeyed through the country for ten days. With the group was TIME's National Correspondent for Canada, James Wilde, who filed these notes:

DIPLOMATS in Peking categorically affirm that China wants to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!