CHINA: Iron Glove v. Soft Mitten

In Moscow, Foo Ping-sheung, China's ambassador to Russia, pondered a telegram last week. It announced his appointment as Premier Ho Ying-chin's new foreign minister. Asked if he would accept, Foo said: "Wouldn't it be like jumping into the fire? ... I think people live longer in New Zealand."

While Foo debated where to go, Premier Ho and the rest of his cabinet picked five men to carry Nationalist China's peace hopes to the Communists. As nominal head of the delegation they named General Chang Chih-chung, former governor of Sinkiang Province and commander of...

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