CHINA: Agreeing to Disagree

An "exchange of views, "maybe, but no give at all on Taiwan

"Taiwan province is China's sacred territory. We are determined to liberate Taiwan. When and how is entirely China's internal affair."

That said it all. The words were spoken by China's Party Chairman and Premier, Hua Kuo-feng, earlier this month during a four-hour address before the Eleventh National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. But they were released last week only a few hours before the arrival in Peking of U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. The central purpose of the...

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