DIPLOMACY: Chairman Hua Hits the Road

Plunging into an extraordinary era of door-to-door salesmanship abroad

It was a performance calculated to jangle the nerves of the Russians. There he was, no less a personage than Chinese Communist Party Chairman Hua Kuo-feng, hand in hand with Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, dancing the hora while hundreds of young men and women clapped their hands and thousands of onlookers chanted "Hua! Hua!" And the scene of all this commotion was right in the Kremlin's backyard.

The festivities in Bucharest last week, which kicked off a two-week state visit by the Chinese leader to...

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