Zhou Enlai: Mao’s Enigmatic Shadow

How important was China’s senior diplomat to his nation’s rise to global power, or is it too early to say?

Zhou at Huairou Reservoir, Beijing, 1960 © Bridgeman Images.

In the autumn of 1950, as the Korean War raged, the ambassador of newly independent India, Kavalam Madhava Panikkar, invited the prime minister of the even more recently created People’s Republic of China (who was also his own foreign minister) to dinner.

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