Edgar Snow

A Reporter Got This Rare Interview With Chairman Mao in 1965, Even Though China Was Entirely Closed to the West
October 21, 2014

Today, this would be like getting an exclusive interview with Kim Jong-Un. 

Interview with Mao
February 26, 1965

Peking—In a rare interview which lasted about four hours, Mao Tse-tung conversed with me on topics ranging over what he himself called shan nan hai pei, or “from south of the mountains to north of the seas.” With China’s bountiful 200-million-ton 1964 grain harvest taxing winter storage capacities, with shops everywhere offering inexpensive foods and consumer goods necessities, and with technological and scientific advances climaxed by an atomic bang that saluted Khrushchev’s political demise. Chairman Mao might well have claimed a few creative achievements.