World: Tinkering with Delicate Relationships

THROUGHOUT the 1960s, peace among Russia, China and the U.S. was maintained by a kind of equilibrium of hostility. Moscow and Peking were at sword's point from the early days of the decade; Moscow and Washington came close to conflict over Berlin and Cuba, though they pulled back on both occasions; Washington and Peking were on frigid terms for most of the decade and were not even talking to each other during its last two years. In the dawning days of the 1970s, however, the three powers are at the threshold of a series...

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