CHINA: Filling Vacant Ranks

Workmen and bureaucrats labored feverishly for weeks in Peking, preparing the city for the arrival of the more than 2,000 delegates from all over the People's Republic of China who will attend the Tenth Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. The congress is expected to begin this week, though the secretive Chinese have made no public mention of it.

No gathering is quite like a congress of a ruling Communist Party. To Communists it represents the highest embodiment of their party's ideological and political wisdom. Like a legislature, it enacts statutes and...

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