CHINA: Chou the Conqueror

A Communist war which lasts ten years may be surprising to other countries, but for us this is only the preface . .. There remain many delightful paragraphs for the future.

—Mao Tse-tung

Chou En-lai of Peking moved through Europe with the relaxed grace of a conqueror. He savored pâté de foie gras and raspberries with Mendès-France; he sipped wine with three Chinese actresses and an Occidental jester, Charlie Chaplin.

Like a great khan bestowing gold upon some worthy vassal, Chou gave Mendès a few pieces of Chinese silk, some Chinese folk stories, richly engraved. And at Geneva's final session, the...

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