Diplomacy: A Brief Chat in Warsaw

Arriving three minutes late because of a heavy snowfall, the black Chrysler Imperial swung through the massive gate and came to a stop in front of the three-story brownstone Chinese embassy in Warsaw. U.S. Ambassador Walter J. Stoessel and three colleagues strode past a gold-painted statue of Mao Tse-tung framed with light bulbs and upstairs to a large room lit by glass lanterns. There, over porcelain pots of tea, they sat down opposite Chinese Charge d'Affaires Lei Yang and his three aides. After a lapse of two years, the Sino-U.S. ambassadorial talks were on again.

The meeting lasted only 75...

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