Communists: The Kremlin in Pianissimo

For nearly four years a primary aim of Soviet diplomacy has been a world convocation of Communist party chiefs. Its purpose: the formal excommunica-ion of China from the Communist world movement. Until last August, most Russia-watchers bet that the Soviets would leave Czechoslovakia alone rather than jeopardize the summit plans by interfering. After the Russians invaded anyway, it seemed for a while that the meeting was indeed dead. All but ten of the world's 88 Communist parties refused at first to support the Soviet action; many denounced it bitterly; some declared themselves unwilling even to consider the proposed meeting...

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