China: Strains in the Partnership

Moscow's overtures to Peking raise questions about Sino-U.S. ties

Ever since Chou En-lai first raised a goblet of fiery mao-tai to welcome Richard Nixon on his historic visit to Peking in 1972, American and Chinese officials have been toasting the friendship between the great Chinese and American peoples. But the fact is, of course, that from their beginnings Sino-American relations have had little to do with friendship and everything to do with a shared animosity toward the Soviet Union. For the past decade, the China factor has been a critical equalizer in...

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