Red China: Now, Undulation

Red China's leaders these days no longer talk of the great leap forward, but of the "law of undulating progress." It means, presumably, that every economic leap is inevitably followed by a backward stagger. Most of China's hapless millions were wondering when the staggering would stop and the leaps begin.

In Shanghai last week the rice ration again was slashed—from an average 22 Ibs. per month to 17.6 Ibs. Vegetables were rare, and fish was hard to find; no meat has been distributed since the Chinese New Year last February. It has been...

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