China: The Price of Recognition

At the frenzied height of China's Cultural Revolution, Peking virtually boarded up many of its foreign embassies and brought home every Chinese ambassador but the one in Egypt. Over the past 17 months, 30 heads of delegations have returned to their duties, suggesting that China's leaders were ready to resume more normal dealings with the world community. An even more tangible sign was a series of quiet negotiations that opened in several capitals. Their aim: to secure diplomatic recognition from some of the 80-plus nations that still do not acknowledge the existence...

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