The Press: Peking's Pique

Improving relations between Washington and Peking have given U.S. journalists access to mainland China, and the New York Times has been a principal beneficiary of the thaw. Six Times-men have been granted temporary visas in the past two years; the paper had reason to believe that it would be the first U.S. daily permitted to reopen a permanent bureau in Peking. Last week, however, it suddenly seemed as if the Times would have to choose between fulfilling that hope and maintaining control over the political advertising it accepts.

On a number of occasions in the past, diplomats had quietly conveyed Peking's pique...

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