TIBET: Journey to the Lost Horizon

For the moment at least, China's leaders are holding steady to the foreign-policy course laid down by Mao Tse-tung. One sign is their decision to continue the long-planned, 23-day China tour by former U.S. Defense Secretary James Schlesinger, in Chinese eyes a symbol of American toughness toward the Soviet Union. Last week, midway through his 7,250-mile itinerary, the ex-Secretary traveled to distant provinces along China's northern and western frontiers, including Tibet, which no American is known to have visited in 26 years. TIME Diplomatic Editor Jerrold L. Schecter, one of three...

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