COMMUNISM: Sino-Soviet Stalemate

The Soviet official washed down a slice of spiced duck with a slug of mao-tai at the 24th yearly National Day* celebration in the Chinese embassy in Moscow last week and proclaimed: "I am still optimistic." He was referring to the prospects of a break in the marathon dispute between the two Communist giants, but his hope must have been fed by the convivial atmosphere. In fact, signs of a Sino-Soviet thaw are about as scarce as palm trees in Peking or Moscow.

In its Oct. 1 editorial, Pravda heaped abuse on the Peking...

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