Communists: Strictly Temporary

When Nikita Khrushchev was ousted and the Kosygin-Brezhnev team took over in Moscow, the new leaders doubtless hoped they would be able to put an end to Russia's bitter quarrel with Red China. At first, they seemed to be succeeding; for months, scarcely an anti-Moscow curse or sneer was heard from Peking. Red China's Premier Chou En-lai was received politely in Moscow, and Russia's Premier Kosygin got cool but correct treatment from the Chinese when he toured Asia last month.

But the truce was strictly temporary, as became all too clear last week. Into the Foreign Ministry in Moscow raged...

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