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Chou En-Lai

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. . The death of Premier Chou En-Lai removes the last but one of the giants of modern world history. With Mao Tse-Tung himself he embodied and expressed the aspirations of the Chinese people for national unity and international dignity. For half

a century he was at the very centre of his nation's affairs and for a half of a century he was his nation's chief spokesman and interpreter to the world. He was the architect of the restoration

of a quarter of the world's people to their proper place in the community of nations. .

In my two visits to his country, the second as Prime Minister, during which I spent twenty hours in discussion with him, I was profoundly impressed by his charm, his humanity, his vigour and his vision. It was a vision which encompassed

the world, a world where China would neither dominate nor be dominated. If the world now better understands China and the Chinese people, it is chiefly because of this extraordinary man.

Canberra 9 January 1976.

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