CHINA: Who's in Charge?

As soon as Henry Kissinger finished shepherding President Ford through Tokyo, Seoul and Vladivostok, the Secretary of State embarked by himself on another diplomatic tour, this one to China. It is Kissinger's seventh trip to Peking since he helped open the Sino-American dialogue in July 1971. Chances are he will find China's leaders more troubled and uncertain than on any of his previous visits.

Even the recent whereabouts of China's venerable Party Chairman Mao Tse-tung, 81, has been something of a mystery. For the past three months, Mao has been out of...

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