World: MOSCOW v. PEKING: OFFENSIVE DIPLOMACY

IT was an extraordinary scene. There, in Chancellor Kurt Kiesinger's antique-filled office in Bonn, sat Soviet Ambassador Semyon ("Scratchy") Tsarapkin. Painstakingly, the Russian explained Moscow's grave concern over the first China border clash early this month to the head of a government long reviled by the Soviets as the chief villain and menace in Europe. Patiently, the German listened as Tsarapkin charged that the "chauvinist foreign policy of Peking" threatened the cause of peace and stability in the world.

It was probably the first time that any Soviet envoy had so formally attacked...

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