Taking a Great Leap Forward

Haig forges ties with China but angers Moscow

"It was somewhat of a nervous time, but we did take care of a lot of good business." So said Secretary of State Alexander Haig to President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines in Manila last week, summarizing his three days of talks with Chinese leaders in Peking. Haig probably understated both the achievements and the hazards of what had been accomplished. The Secretary not only enhanced a U.S.-China relationship that had been deteriorating since Ronald Reagan took office but moved the two countries closer to a partnership that was sure to alarm...

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