CHINA: Ford's Duty Trip to Peking

International visits by a U.S. President must be planned long in advance−and they are not easy to call off. It is a full year since Henry Kissinger first announced that Gerald Ford had been invited to China. Much has changed since the date was made, and U.S.-China relations have cooled considerably. Nonetheless, the President late this week will dutifully fly out of Washington to keep his engagement in Peking.

One ranking China watcher in Washington discreetly observes that "it will not be a visit filled with news." As evidence, both sides agreed...

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