The World: A BUILDER, NOT A POET

Henry Kissinger once called him "the greatest statesman of our era." Indeed, few men in the 20th century did more than Chou En-lai to forge the Chinese revolution and to change the shape of international politics. Chou was for a quarter-century the overseer of China's vast governing bureaucracy. As the chief architect of China's foreign policy under Chairman Mao Tse-tung, he charted Peking's course of independence from the two superpowers, creating in the process a new world center of power and influence. Suave, shrewd and enduring, he...

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