It is said that, just before the Sino-Soviet split, Nikita Khrushchev had a tense meeting with Zhou Enlai at which he told the latter that he now understood the problem. “I am the son of coal miners,” he said. “You are the descendant of feudal mandarins. We have nothing in common.”
“Perhaps we do,” murmured his Chinese antagonist.
“What?” blustered Khrushchev.
“We are,” responded Zhou, “both traitors to our class.”