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The Open House

The Open House GPD THERE is a delightful thriller called The Open House' by Michael Innes. The story apparently relates to a late night when detective Sir John Appleby stumbles into an elaborately lighted, bright and shining open house. The details of the story apart, the brightly lighted open house was, as Sir John was to discover, to be one of the most mysterious houses he had ever stepped into. Contemporary China seems to be an open house of that kind. It is Open, it's brightly lit. All the world's gaze is concentrated on it. There is no dearth of light. But that does not seem to diminish the mystery. What is China today like? Which road is it taking? Why has it become an open house? Is it socialist at all? Does the Chinese communist party own Marxism as a valid ideology? Indeed there are a host of questions which are as difficult to answer today when China is an open house as they would have been when it was a closed Or at any rate a not-so-open house seven or eight years ago.

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