China: Keeping Their Equidistance

Keeping Their Equidistance

While relations between China and the Soviet Union have shown signs of a thaw in the past year, the U.S. still considers itself the first among superpowers in Peking. That assumption got a jolt last week when an article in the Chinese journal Red Flag attacked U.S. foreign policy and declared that China may embark on a policy of maintaining an "equal distance" from the two superpowers.

In the past, the Chinese have rejected the notion of "equidistance," thereby implying that they intended to have warmer relations with the U.S. The Red Flag article, however, was reprinted last week in the...

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