DIPLOMACY: Contact in Paris

In their Shanghai communique, Premier Chou En-lai and President Nixon agreed to establish a permanent channel for Sino-American contacts. Washington and Peking have now settled on the location as (where else?) Paris.

One morning last week U.S. Ambassador to France Arthur K. Watson pulled up in his beflagged Cadillac outside the Chinese embassy at 11 Avenue George-V. He was ushered alone into the richly decorated embassy* to meet his Chinese counterpart, Huang Chen.

Over Chinese seed cake and tea, the two men talked through an interpreter for 50 minutes. They did not discuss any substantive issues, but they set up arrangements...

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