DIPLOMACY: Appointment in Peking

Vance flies off to face another problem: how many Chinas?

On a number of important issues," Chinese Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-p'ing bluntly told an American visitor, Cyrus Vance, two years ago, "there can be no common language" between China and the U.S. But times have changed. Teng, after a humiliating fall from grace, was reinstalled last month as a member of the ruling troika by China's Party Chairman and Premier Hua Kuo-feng (TIME, Aug. 1); last week, at the eleventh party congress, Hua was formally approved as Chairman and Teng as a Vice...

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