China: East Meets Reagan

A nation with a new look prepares to welcome an old-style anti-Communist

The trip is as rich in irony as Richard Nixon's momentous journey to China in 1972, which opened the door to diplomatic ties after 25 years of mutual loathing. If anything, Ronald Reagan's reputation as a stout foe of Communism exceeds Nixon's. The President's sympathy for Taiwan during the first two years of his term caused the American-Chinese relationship to sink to its lowest level in a decade. Yet when Reagan steps off Air Force One in Peking this week, it will not only mark the first time that...

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