Special Section: Chou En-lai

When I met Chou in 1971, he had been a leader of the Chinese Communist movement for nearly 50 years. He had been the only Premier the People's Republic had had —nearly 22 years—and for nine of those years he had also been Foreign Minister. He was equally at home in philosophy, reminiscence, historical analysis, tactical probes, humorous repartee. His command of facts, in particular his knowledge of American events and, for that matter, of my own background, was stunning. There was little wasted motion either in his words or in his movements. Both reflected the inner tensions of a man...

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