The World: Visa Time Again on Taiwan

An old ally braces for new troubles

One reliable barometer of Washington's relations with Peking has been the visa window at the U.S. consulate in Taipei. When American diplomatic activity with the mainland Chinese steps up, so do applications from Taiwanese for U.S. residency permits. Right now business is brisk.

Life is going on normally in Taiwan, but other signs of jitters are visible all across the prosperous, 250-mile-long island that lies 100 miles off the mainland coast. Farmers, taxi drivers and businessmen all nervously ask American visitors about the Carter Administration's timetable...

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