The Press: Parting the Bamboo Curtain

Not for 15 years has a bona fide American reporter from a major U.S. news organization been allowed to visit Communist China. But last week, in the wake of the American table tennis team's unexpected visit to the land of Chairman Mao, the Bamboo Curtain for correspondents finally parted a little, and the rush was on.

When the invitation was first issued, few U.S. newsmen bothered to try for visas to accompany the table tennis team, and with good reason. For years, veteran China watchers had become used to requesting visas via periodic cables...

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