Nation: Who Is Most Favored?

"Evenhandedness" is the Administration's motto for dealing with China and the Soviet Union these days. President Jimmy Carter and Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski both recognize that Washington's announcement of diplomatic relations with Peking, plus next week's visit by Teng Hsiao-p'ing, provoked the Soviets to stall on a new SALT treaty and a summit meeting between Carter and Leonid Brezhnev. In Washington, the Cabinet-level Policy Review Committee on China has recommended that the President avoid any steps that could be construed as a "tilt" toward China at the expense of the Soviet Union.

The problem may soon lead to some difficult negotiations over...

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