Nation: In the Trail off Teng

Tough questions after a whirlwind visit

"No one knows how this American-Chinese venture will end." So remarked the Soviet press agency Tass last week in the wake of Chinese Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-p'ing's nine-day whirlwind tour of the U.S. The Tass observation was certainly valid. The Chinese leader's candor and expansive personality had charmed the American public, and most of the visit's achievements were on that psychological level. But few concrete answers emerged to some of the tough questions raised by Jimmy Carter's policy of normalizing relations with Peking.

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