CHINA: The Symbolic Worker

"We have too many elderly people in our government. We should learn from you because you have more young people in your government."

So said Premier Chou En-lai to Richard Nixon during the U.S. President's visit to China. Now, China has moved to narrow that age gap. The Tenth Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (TIME, Sept. 10) injected a shot of young blood into its Politburo —at least eleven of whose 21 full members are more than 65 years old—by naming Wang Hung-wen, 37, to membership and electing him one of the...

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