The Press: New China Hand

Columnist Joseph Alsop came to lunch at Washington's National Press Club last week and ate just the tiniest portion of crow. A full house of his colleagues heard him expatiate on his recent visit to China. "The Chinese system," he admitted, "is achieving a much greater degree of practical success than most Americans, and certainly I, had supposed." Coming from an old China hand, a staunch defender of Chiang Kaishek, a relentless past critic of Mao Tse-tung's "disordered, paranoiac government," Alsop's new tone—both in print and on the rostrum—comes across as a marked...

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