CHINA: Reaching for the Clouds

China had traditionally celebrated the New Year with firecrackers and dragon dances; 1976, the Year of the Dragon, was heralded in Peking last week with a literary event. Newspapers throughout the People's Republic printed two newly released poems by China's No. 1 revolutionary and poet, Chairman Mao Tse-tung. The poems, published one week after the Great Helmsman's 82nd birthday, were written just over ten years ago, as China was about to begin the chaotic Cultural Revolution. It seems likely that their release now was intended to recall some of the fervor but...

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