CHINA: Mondale Crosses the Boundary

From cautious acquaintance to first confident friendship

The reception accorded to Vice President Walter Mondale in China last week scarcely matched the tumultuous welcome given Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping in the U.S. last January, but it was the warmest on record for an American leader. Deng, an honor guard and a brass band were on hand at Peking airport to meet Mondale, his wife Joan and daughter Eleanor, 19, at the start of the seven-day visit. The Chinese were expecting that months of diplomatic courtship on both sides finally would be followed by tangible aid from the U.S. The...

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