Armaments: In the Wake of Mao's Moon

The Italians christened it "Mao's moon." The British said its recording of The East Is Red sounded somewhat like the chimes of an ice-cream wagon. Though the "moon's" batteries were running down, the message that China's 380-Ib. satellite delivered as it orbited the earth last week was clear enough. Peking's space feat would inevitably affect the course of the SALT talks between the U.S. and the Soviet Union at Vienna, and ultimately it might also set off a nuclear-arms race among a number of smaller powers. In fact, the prospects for enforcing...

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