France: Round 1 to Peking

When Charles de Gaulle recognized Red China last month, France insisted that no conditions to break off diplomatic relations with Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Chinese government were attached to the agreement. De Gaulle was obviously convinced that the move would be such a slap in the face to Chiang that he would initiate a diplomatic break himself. On the advice of the U.S., however, Chiang let De Gaulle stew. To France's embarrassment, Peking then almost immediately began to pressure Paris to withdraw recognition of Formosa.

Last week, in an effort to extricate himself from his embarrassing predicament, De Gaulle was forced...

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