Reflections of a China Hand

When the man who initiated the present U.S. policy to ward China returned to Peking last month to commemorate his triumphal 1972 presidential visit, China's current leaders hailed him as "an old friend" and treated him as a visiting head of state. Shortly after Richard Nixon's return home, TIME Diplomatic Correspondent Strobe Talbott interviewed him at his office in New York City and found him relishing the role of elder internationalist. Now 69, Nixon is convinced that his accomplishments in foreign policy will vindicate his presidency. He is proudest of his role in...

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