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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Chinese revolutionary and politician. A leader of the Chinese Communist Party, he was the first premier (1949–1976) and foreign minister (1949–1958) of China.

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  • noun Chinese revolutionary and communist leader (1898-1976)

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Examples

  • Sam Rainsy's father was one of Cambodia's lead negotiators there, playing off tensions among more formidable government representatives such as Zhou Enlai and Vyacheslav Molotov to ensure that another foreign power would not fill the void left by the French.

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  • Sam Rainsy's father was one of Cambodia's lead negotiators there, playing off tensions among more formidable government representatives such as Zhou Enlai and Vyacheslav Molotov to ensure that another foreign power would not fill the void left by the French.

    KI Media

  • Zhou Enlai famously quipped that it was "too early to say" whether the French Revolution was a good thing or a bad one.

    The west should cheer, not fear, this cry for freedom in Egypt | Andrew Rawnsley

  • When Premier Zhou Enlai arrived later that day, our handshake was a symbolic gesture—at least until Nixon could arrive in China for a public repetition—since Secretary of State John Foster Dulles had refused to shake hands with Zhou at the Geneva Conference in 1954, a slight that rankled, despite the frequent Chinese protestations that it made no difference.

    The China Challenge

  • The April antigovernment protests over the death of Zhou Enlai had helped prepare the ground.

    A Shock to the System

  • If, as Zhou Enlai said, it is too soon to have a view of the French Revolution, then it is probably too soon to say if the coalition is a failed government.

    George Osborne's autumn statement speaks to the public mood | Martin Kettle

  • Zhou Enlai weeps over Lin's death, even though they are ideological opposites.

    Surviving Mao, Revamping a Nation

  • When Premier Zhou Enlai and I agreed on the communiqué that announced the secret visit, he said: "This will shake the world."

    The China Challenge

  • My favorite passage describes the delicate position of Zhou Enlai, who as adviser to Mao Zedong tried to soften his mentor's more extreme policies but never abandoned him.

    Gift Guide: Best of Business

  • Kissinger's account of his intricate diplomatic minuets with Mao and his deputy Zhou Enlai will be familiar to readers of his earlier memoirs, but it loses little of its force here.

    A Diplomat Looks East

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