The World: A Quieter China in a Calmer Asia

ALMOST unnoticed because of the distractions of Viet Nam, the rest of Asia has been undergoing some widespread and fundamental changes. In the past several months, a suddenly cooler China has been the catalyst of a number of gradual shifts that have been taking place in the mood and manner of Asia's capitals. Last week's invitation to the U.S. table-tennis team to visit China was an example of Peking's new approach.

Reports Louis Kraar, TIME's Southeast Asia correspondent: "Slowly, these subtle shifts have added up to form some sharply definable trends: a marked...

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