DIPLOMACY: The Cyclone in the Far East

Fresh from hammering out an Israeli-Egyptian cease-fire accord, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger took his globe-circling entourage on to the Far East last week. Compared with his frantic and masterful pace through the Middle East, Kissinger's visit to Peking, Tokyo and Seoul was almost leisurely. As the blue-and-white Air Force jet flew over the Himalayas from Pakistan, he waxed sentimental, reminding reporters that he had followed the same route on his secret mission in July 1971, which opened the door for resumption of relations between the U.S. and China.

In deference to Kissinger's new status as Secretary of State,...

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