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From 50 Years Ago: Confirmation of Stalemate

Vol V, No 6 FEBRUARY 7, 1970

Confirmation of Stalemate

The resumption of the Warsaw talks between China and the United States is surely less significant than the reaction it seems to have produced in the minds of China-watchers? Warsaw had already seen over a hundred (actually 134) such confrontations before — too many for anyone to believe that one more meeting would bring about a sea-change in relations between the two countries. Actually, the 135th meeting produced nothing more than a decision to meet again, as well as an unstated agreement that the Chinese and American embassies in Warsaw were safer for future talks than the palace that the Polish Government had placed at the two countries’ disposal. Yet all those who regard Richard Nixon as the potential architect of Sino-American good relations have rushed to interpret the resumption of the Warsaw dialogue as the first step towards American disengagement in West Pacific. The Soviet Union, for its part, has seen the development as a diabolic attempt by Peking to fish in the troubled waters of Soviet-American relations

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