Conferences: Dialogue at Geneva

Keen-eared Western diplomats in Geneva last week thought they detected the faintest softening in Peking's tone. Perhaps it was just a lullaby over the Laos settlement, or maybe the Reds were too hungry at home to take on external adventures. At any rate, in his closing speech to the negotiators of the Laos accord, Peking's Foreign Minister, Marshal Chen Yi, 61, sounded almost benign. After some standard bluster, the tough veteran of the civil war said: "We have, after all, broken a link in the chain of tension in...

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