INTERNATIONAL NOTES: Of Tea and Rice Bowls

"Drop by for tea and bring your friends," said the Chinese U.N. delegation to the chief of the Chinese section of the U.N.'s translation department. Seemingly, the gesture was Peking's latest effort to win the hearts and minds of the U.N.'s Chinese staff members, most of whom are leftovers from the days when Taiwan represented China at the U.N. During the 31-hr. tea party, delegation officers cautioned translators to read mainland publications more diligently and to brush up on their mainland idioms. They also pointedly reminded the translators that they do not have "iron rice bowls"—permanent job security.

One Peking diplomat...

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