National Affairs: Beneath the Eaves

Standing beneath low-pitched eaves, must you not bow your head? —Chinese proverb

About the shining hour when Molotov was positioning his head into a ten-gallon 'hat in Cheyenne, a second sensational gesture of amiability was areadying in faraway Red China. Time for lotus and light, the Communists evidently concluded from the extraordinary demeanor of Big Brother; time to show the impressionables and the skeptics that Red China too was making headway toward cooperation (and toward such long-sought objectives as U.S. diplomatic recognition and membership in the U.N.).

Red China's gesture was a proclamation that it was ready to let go three of...

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