Red China: At Home with Mao

What does Mao Tse-tung want? He wants Nikita Khrushchev dead. In so many blunt words, Mao told this to a French parliamentary delegation visiting Peking last month. As recalled in Paris last week by the six returning Deputies, the interview presented a fascinating glimpse of the Red Chinese leader.

Launching immediately into an emotional attack on Russia, Mao said: "I haven't been there since 1957. They made fun of me then. I'll never set foot there again." Turning to Gaullist Deputy Jean Bernasconi, Mao asked: "How old are you—36? Well, you'll see Khrushchev go under, that paper tiger. I'm 70 myself...

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