Diplomacy: When East Meets East

China woos Moscow's friends and neighbors

Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Leonid Ilyichev offered a less than optimistic view of the chances for an improvement in Sino-Soviet relations when he arrived in Peking earlier this month for the fifth round of talks between the two nations. Said he: "We never lose hope." True to form, there were no signs last week of any breakthrough in the two-year-old negotiations. But if détente between the Communist world's two biggest rivals has been stalled, Peking has had some measure of success recently in wooing Moscow's friends and neighbors.

Since the rift between China and the Soviet...

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