"I thought it was very important to name a man of great stature to this position," said President Nixon last week in appointing David K.E. Bruce to be the first U.S. representative to China's Communist government. Indeed, Bruce is a splendid choice.

He is the only American diplomat to have held the three most prestigious posts in Europe: ambassador to France from 1949 to 1952, to West Germany from 1957 to 1959, and to Britain from 1961 to 1969 (the longest term there ever for a U.S. envoy). Two and a half years ago, Nixon called him out of retirement...

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