A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 26, 1971

As our Hong Kong Bureau Chief for the last three years, Bruce Nelan discovered that "China watching is a misnomer. It has really been China reading until now." Barred from the country, most Western newsmen have relied heavily on the voluminous material published and broadcast in China, and on intelligence analyses of events behind the Bamboo Curtain. Though Peking has now allowed a slight parting of the curtain, understanding Ping Pong diplomacy, its genesis and potential, still demands depth reporting from the periphery of China and from other continents.

For this week's cover story, the editors called on Nelan and correspondents...

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