China: Quick Shuffle

Two new forces at the top

The changes had been rumored for months, but the timing came as a surprise. In a high-level shakeup, the Chinese government announced last week that Foreign Minister Huang Hua and Defense Minister Geng Biao had been replaced. Huang's fall seemed especially abrupt. He had just returned from the Soviet Union, where he had headed the Chinese delegation to Leonid Brezhnev's funeral. He had also held talks in Moscow with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, and delivered a warm expression of support for an improvement in relations between...

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