DIPLOMACY: Pompidou in Peking

Compared with the punctilious reception accorded Richard Nixon upon his arrival in Peking, French President Georges Pompidou enjoyed gala ribbon-and-banner treatment at the start of his week-long visit to China. More than 4,000 brightly dressed schoolgirls were at the airport last week to cheer and wave at the arriving 15-man French delegation. Seven of China's new 25-member Politburo were also on hand, including Premier Chou En-lai and the newly risen star Wang Hung-wen (TIME, Sept. 17). Pompidou himself matched the warmth of his welcome. Beginning his two-hour meeting with Mao Tse-tung−twice as...

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