Diplomacy: A Taste for Tulips

At dinner before giving a speech on the Stanford University campus, Vu Van Thai, Saigon's ambassador to Washing- ton, declined a third martini. "I do not," he explained, "want to add to the confusion about Viet Nam." Leaving that function to U.S. politicians, Ambassador Thai has done as much to clarify the elusive character and aspirations of his country for Americans as any official of either nation since the initial U.S. commitment to aid Viet Nam in 1954.

Since he presented his credentials at the White House four months ago, Thai, 47, has...

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