GENEVA: War of Patience

In a small, oak-paneled chamber of the Palais des Nations in Geneva an anniversary passed, without meaning or elation; last week the ambassadorial talks between the U.S. and Red China entered their second year. After 55 meetings the procedure has become cut and dried. Every ten days or so, able and unruffled U. Alexis Johnson, U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, journeys from Prague to Geneva to confront, punctually at 10 a.m., Wang Ping-nan, Red China's Ambassador to Warsaw. Johnson usually begins by asking about Americans still held in China; Wang accuses the U.S. of holding Chinese in the U.S. against...

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