Brazil: Wheeling & Dealing

Obviously playing East against West, President Jânio Quadros dramatically announced last week that in the next U.N. General Assembly, Brazil will vote in favor of debating the admission of Red China. Characteristically, Jânio held back his hole card—whether he actually favors Peking's admission to the U.N. But even his endorsement of debate on the stormy issue makes Brazil the first hemisphere country outside Castro's Cuba to buck U.S. policy on China. Coming from Latin America's biggest nation. Jânio's move might well make it more difficult for the U.S. to hold the other republics in line.

Jânio's China ploy came only five...

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