Arms Trade: Window-Shopping for Weapons

The visit to Washington last week of Chinese Defense Minister Zhang Aiping was attended by a minimum of fanfare. His mission: to work out a deal with Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger to buy U.S. weapons. But the talks went little beyond the agreements made during Weinberger's trip to China last fall and Reagan's visit in April. The Chinese reaffirmed their interest in TOW antitank and Hawk antiaircraft missiles, but there were no specific commitments accompanying the "agreement in principle" reached last week.

In fact, the arms talks were shadowed by a sudden impasse...

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