China: A Great Week for Insults

Seldom had a nation managed to attack, antagonize or alienate so many of its neighbors in a single week. All around its vast perimeter, in a great circle from Russia and Japan on the north to India and Indonesia on the south, China stirred up trouble and resentment. The sudden spurt of hostility seemed prompted by an overflow of missionary zeal for Maoism, a certain amount of frustration at the difficulties encountered at home by Mao's Cultural Revolution and a new wave of China's historic xenophobia.

The most direct and serious provocation occurred in the Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim, whose...

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