CHINA: Table-Hopping Chou

China continues its quest for new contacts and alignments throughout the world. Last week, the Chinese welcomed the inaugural flight to Peking by Ethiopian Airlines. TIME's Hong Kong Bureau Chief Roy Rowan was aboard and duly found himself face to face with Premier Chou En-lai at the Great Hall of the People. His report:

After climbing what seemed like an acre of white marble stairs, up a cascading red carpet, we were herded into position on a three-tiered platform erected especially for group portraits with the Premier. Immediately in strode Chou, brisk and businesslike, and very trim...

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