China: Growing More Flexible?

The signals that emanate from Peking are erratic, vague and contradictory. But they hint that after the long isolation and xenophobia of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, China is beginning to take notice of the outside world again. For two years, shrill Maoist Red Guardism ruled, and China seemed almost without a foreign policy. Now, the more moderate professionals appear to be moving back in charge at the Foreign Office in Peking. With their return, China's relations with the world can be expected to become more rational and more flexible. There will likely be no major policy changes, nor...

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