Foreign Relations: Reading the Dragon's Mind

To most Americans, Peking's motives are about as scrutable as they were in Marco Polo's day—and about as predictable. Last week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, whose chairman, J. William Fulbright, acknowledged that he needs educating on Red China, called in two distinguished academic Sinologists for help in reading the dragon's mind.

It was educational, all right. The experts, in remarkable agreement, were of scant comfort to the committee's clamorous antiwar faction. On Viet Nam, their testimony in all but accent virtually echoed Lyndon Johnson. The conflict is not a civil war,...

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