The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Talking Peace and Pork Chops

A White House dinner is the American family assembled, from labor leaders to billionaires, actors, architects, academicians and athletes. They gathered last Tuesday in honor of China's Premier Zhao Ziyang, who governs more people than anyone else in this world.

The White House is modest by the palatial standards of Europe and Asia and especially dwarfed by the Chinese and Soviet ceremonial chambers. That is its charm. When people travel here from across the country, they shed jealousies and politics and prejudices. They crowd around the fires that subdue the winter chill and become neighbors. The mighty climb down. The...

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