I have a question for the collective archival brain of H-PRC. A couple of years ago, the retired diplomat Chas Freeman wrote that the famous Zhou Enlai quote "It's too early to say" was in response to a question not about the French Revolution but about the events of 1968. Which makes more sense to me.
Freeman argued that the quote was taken out of context... but does anybody have the context? Zhou supposedly said it during the Nixon visit (or maybe the Kissinger visit). Is there any Chinese report/transcript/evidence of that exchange?