Nation: Playing the China Card

Carter wants to recognize Peking, but it won't be easy

When Secretary of Energy James Schlesinger arrived in China last week for a fortnight's tour of oilfields and industrial centers, he was the fourth high-level member of the Carter Administration to visit a nation that the U.S. does not formally recognize. Schlesinger was hoping to sound out Chinese leaders on ways to end that anomaly. Jimmy Carter would like to recognize the Peking regime, preferably before the 1980 presidential campaign gets fully under way, but the effort involves major diplomatic difficulties, and it may provoke a political storm in the U.S....

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