Ten months ago, cannon boomed hollowly in Kathmandu, capital of the small (54,000 sq. mi.), ancient kingdom of Nepal on India's northeastern frontier, to signal the opening of diplomatic and trade relations between that country and the U.S. (TIME, May 12). It was a great event. For centuries, the Nepalese had dealt diplomatically only with Britain, occasionally with the Chinese.

Last week, for the first time in history, a Nepalese ventured officially into the Western Hemisphere. He was Commanding General Kaiser Sham Shere Jung Bahadur Rana, who came to Washington to present...

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