AMERICAN NOTES: The New Waves

Some, at first, felt a slightly stunned euphoria about Richard Nixon's planned trip to China, a kind of excitement about impending historic change. Vermont Senator George Aiken, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, sees the trip instead as setting off a new round of international anxiety.

"The proof of it," he reflected last week, "is rolling in from every direction. Pravda was uneasy, in a long article, about the U.S.-China rapprochement, fearing what effect it would have on U.S.-Soviet relations. Red China, through Chou En-lai's interview with the New York Times's James Reston, was uneasy about Japan, fearing...

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