CHINA: Assignment in Peking

It was, remarked David K.E. Bruce as he crossed from Hong Kong into China last week, a "very intriguing" assignment. That said, the 75-year-old veteran diplomat, who had previously served as ambassador to Paris, London and Bonn, flew on to Peking from Canton in a Chinese Trident jet to begin his new chores as chief of the U.S. Liaison Office to the People's Republic of China. There, for the first time since Nixon's visit, an American flag was raised, signaling the official establishment of formal relations between the U.S. and China after...

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