You might say that China is both close to us and far from us. It's close in that it's our next-door neighbor and shares a long border with our country. At the same time, China is far away in that the Chinese have little in common with our people.
[I remember when] Mao Tse-tung was in Moscow for Stalin's 70th birthday on Dec. 21, 1949. I came up from Kiev and ran into a secretary of the Moscow District party.
"Anything new?" I asked him.
"Yeah," he said, "we've got this Matsadoon in town."
"What the hell is a Matsadoon? You must mean Mao Tse-tung,...