China: Quotations of Chairman Chen

Quotations of Chairman Chen

In 1972 President Richard Nixon raised his glass in the Great Hall of the People and quoted from the popular poetry of Mao Tse-tung. " 'So many deeds cry out to be done, and always urgently,' " intoned Nixon. " 'Seize the day, seize the hour.' "

Inspiring lines, but were they really Mao's? Maybe, maybe not, suggests China's official English-language weekly Beijing Review, which reported last week that a number of poems once attributed to the Chairman were probably the work of Chen Mingyuan, then a 29-year-old university student.

Chen, now a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, became...

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