Reconciliation with China

Archive Report

Signs of thaw in Relations with China

No recent news was more evocative of the past—and more prescient of the future—than the accounts of the American Ping Pong team's recent (April 10–17) tour of mainland China. For this unexpected visit, undertaken at Peking's invitation, cracked the barrier of hostility that has existed since 1949 between that country and the United States. The visit obviously signaled a change in American relations with China, a change that could lead eventually to a new configuration of global power relationships. For many it raised hopes for a speedier end to the war in Viet Nam and a lowering of tensions that threaten new wars. Fear and distrust persisted, however.

At first it seemed that two decades of icy hostility had ...

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