THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: It's Best to Be the Visitor

The Presidency

It was fun having Teng Hsiao-p'ing around town, a truncated Vice Premier with a jack-o'-lantern face, who sees polar bears over his shoulder. The feeling was marvelous. The talk was good. The food was mediocre. The wine was awful. Since so much of what happens to all the rest of us hinges on how these top fellows get along, and since they made a go of it (despite the dreary champagne), it was worth the tab, conservatively estimated at $1 million, including the stops in the provinces.

It is a shame that protocol dictated that Teng come to the United...

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