DIPLOMACY: Shopping List for Peking

The document ran for ten pages, single-spaced, and contained nothing but lists of items broken down into 142 categories. Yet when it was released by the White House last week, it spoke eloquently of the extent to which the U.S. is willing to move toward a relaxation of Sino-American relations. The catalogue of items that American businessmen may sell to Peking without Washington's approval—some 1,000 in all—represents an end to the 21-year-old U.S. prohibition against direct trade with Communist-ruled China.

The American shopping list is a follow-up to last April's flurry of Ping...

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