An Artfully Vague Policy

Reagan makes a China deal

During his campaign for the presidency, Ronald Reagan repeatedly protested that in pursuing a policy of rapprochement with Communist China, the U.S. was callously selling out its old ally Taiwan. He vowed that if elected he would reverse that trend and strengthen relations with the island republic. But last week Washington and Peking issued a joint communique that to Taiwan and to U.S. conservatives, at least, read suspiciously like a sellout. In Shanghai II (viewed as the direct historical descendant of the Feb. 27, 1972, Shanghai Communique signed by President Nixon), China affirmed as "fundamental policy" the...

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