Soviet Union Pacific Overtures

Moscow's moves in the Far East worry Washington

"The Pacific is where the future of the world lies."

-- Ronald Reagan, October 1984

"The Soviet Union is also an Asian and Pacific country."

-- Mikhail Gorbachev, July 1986

Three U.S. naval ships last week pulled into the northern Chinese port of Qingdao as a 21-gun salute fired and a 27-piece brass band played Happy Days Are Here Again. The vessels were in China for a six-day stopover, the first such visit by American military ships to the People's Republic since the Communist takeover in 1949. The port call had been delayed by more than a year, following Peking's unexpected...

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