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Vietnam and the Socialist World

Lajpat Rai While American bombs were killing and maiming children, women and men, Nixon was being entertained in Peking and Moscow as an honoured guest. While the people of Vietnam were fighting a life and death struggle against the brutalities perpetrated by the US Administration, lavish banquets were spread before the arch perpetrator in Moscow and Peking. In Peking, while a band played 'America the Beautiful', Nixon and Chou roamed from table to table drinking toasts to friendship in the Chinese national drink, mao-tai. In his formal toast Nixon called upon the Chinese leaders to join him in a "long march together". The extravaganza produced in Moscow yielded even greater results for Nixon than the Peking political operetta. In record time, nine agreements covering earth, air and space were signed between Nixon and the Soviet Communist Party chief. The Soviet mass media were pressed into service in an unprecedented way to carry the 'message of peace' from the man who had escalated the war in Indochina.

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