France: The Cold Slap

President Charles de Gaulle last week detonated a political bomb that scattered fallout from the Formosa Strait to Washington's Foggy Bottom. The blockbuster: France will "soon" recognize Red China.

The U.S. got the word twice on the same day. In Paris, U.S. Ambassador Charles Bohlen was called to the Quai d'Orsay and informed of France's intention. In Washington, dapper French Ambassador Hervé Alphand gave the cold slap to Under Secretary of State Averell Harriman. The French government, said Alphand, considered it necessary "to fill the void" left by the Sino-Soviet dispute by accepting "the reality" of China.

Fragile Balance. U.S. policymakers...

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