AMERICAN NOTES: The New Constellation

Like iron filings disturbed by wholly new fields of force, familiar world patterns are being redesigned. With an abruptness that seemed stunning after a generation of debate, the United Nations admitted Mao's China and sent Chiang Kai-shek's delegates unceremoniously home to Taiwan.

After years of tortuous negotiation, Western Europe was about to coalesce in a new reality as Britain voted to join the Common Market. Simultaneously, world leaders were meeting in dizzying and sometimes improbable combinations. Yugoslavia's Tito was in the U.S., the Soviet Union's Leonid Brezhnev in Paris, and Aleksei Kosygin in Havana. India's Indira Gandhi stopped in Brussels...

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