Repairing the Chinese Connection

Haig goes to Peking to fix a friendship

Ever since Ronald Reagan took office last January, relations between the U.S. and China have been as rocky as a Himalayan footpath. The Chinese are still smarting from his pro-Taiwan statements made during the presidential campaign, and suspect that he will tilt U.S. policy toward Taipei. Stopping in Hong Kong last week, on his way to three days of talks with Chinese leaders in Peking, Secretary of State Alexander Haig admitted that the purpose of his trip was "to clear the air with respect to President Reagan's policies in this region."

Among other matters, the...

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