Nation: To Resist Any Resort to Force

Some complicated maneuvers to protect a former ally

"It's a bit of a sham," said Senator Joe Biden of Delaware. "We're trying to find an instrumentality to preserve the status quo." Or, as a House staffer explained it, "the idea was to create a country without calling it a country."

The problem was Taiwan, which until last month was recognized by the U.S. as the Republic of China. Under President Carter's agreement to normalize relations with Peking, the recognition of Taiwan must cease, and yet the U.S. was determined to work out some form of pseudodiplomatic relationship. The result was a...

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