A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 1, 1979

For this week's story on TIME'S 52nd Man of the Year, three of our Hong Kong correspondents brought distinctively different and personal points of view to the task of reporting on Teng Hsiao-p'ing and China's New Long March. Bureau Chief Marsh Clark had recently completed a three-year assignment in Moscow. He found it easier to get information on the Chinese Communists than the Soviets. One reason: the famed wall posters, which, says Clark, "tell us much about how the Chinese people feel these days about their leaders." Adds Clark: "On a trip to the mainland I found the officials...

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