Premier Chou En-lai was electric, Premier Chou En-lai was electric, quick, taut, deft, humorous. In the 19 months since we had come to know each other, he and I had developed an easy camaraderie not untinged with affection. During my visit in February 1973, I said to him: "I think that the Premier notices that I am especially inhibited in his presence right now."
"Why?" asked Chou.
"Because," I responded, "I read his remark to the press that I am the only man who can talk to him for half an hour without saying anything."
Replied Chou: "I think I said one hour...