CHINA: Guns and Millet

The mood around the green felt table in the Great Hall of the People was almost jocular last week as Henry Kissinger sat down opposite Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-ping during the American Secretary of State's seventh visit to China. "How many tons?" Teng asked, pointing to the thick looseleaf briefing books that Kissinger had brought to the conference table. "Several," Kissinger said with a smile. Responded the Chinese, emphasizing that his associates came with no notes or briefing books: "All we have is guns and millet."

Disorder under Heaven. The phrase, an...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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