The Nation: Excursions in Mao's China

The President's trip gave American correspondents their first opportunity in more than two decades for a personal look at China. When not covering Richard Nixon's activities, TIME'S Hugh Sidey inspected a secondary school and Jerrold Schecter visited a Peking department store and a division of the People's Liberation Army. Their reports:

Secondary School No. 26

Behind a 30-ft. gray statue of Mao sits Peking No. 26 secondary school, a five-year institution with 3,080 students and the driving spirit of Mao. At the door of the gray building, weatherworn and flaking, are the smiling hosts...

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