The World: Diplomatic Ripples

All kinds of diplomatic ripples have been set in motion by Richard Nixon's Peking visit. One such wavelet has brought North Viet Nam closer to Japan. First, two Japanese foreign ministry officials were invited to Hanoi for "exploratory talks" on improving relations; currently, a 14-member North Vietnamese trade delegation is making a month-long inspection of Japanese industry. The climax of the tour is expected to be an agreement to increase trade between the two nations, now a paltry $14 million a year.

The North Vietnamese are obviously eager to display their independence from Peking by courting the Japanese, who are regarded by...

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