CHINA: Keeping a Handy Ax

Next to Richard Nixon, the most popular American in Peking is probably former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger, whose frequently voiced misgivings about U.S. detente with the Soviet Union have been applauded by China's leaders. They made their fondness for Schlesinger and his convictions clear by inviting him on an elaborately planned tour of the Middle Kingdom, then by asking him to continue his visit after the death of Mao Tse-tung. Last week, at the close of his 23-day, 8,200-mile tour, the Chinese underlined their affection for Schlesinger by inviting him to meet...