ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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HONG KONG- Living without Ho

Living without Ho HONG KONG THE death of Ho Chi Minh was primarily a human event for Asians, but China and Russia did their best to politicalise it. As it turned out, the Soviet leaders showed much more finesse. The initial advantage went to the Chinese who despatched Chou En-lai himself on what appeared to be a spontaneous gesture of sympathetic grief. But two subsequent events neutralised what advantage Peking had gained. First, Chou En-lai returned to Peking as soon as it was known that Soviet Premier Kosygin was going to Hanoi; the official announcement made it out that he had in fact returned to Peking earlier, but few outside observers believed this. Second, the Russians scored a fine propaganda point by criticising the Chinese for "mourning in a hurry".

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