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No Sino-Soviet Summit May Not Be Bad News After All

WHEN Nixon went to China, the official Chinese invitation said that in view of the expressed desire of the US president the government of China was happy to extend in invitation to him to visit the People's Republic of China, That was more than fifteen years ago. It would appear that soon the Chinese government could extend a similar invitation to CPraSU general secretary Gorbachev. He too has expressed a desire in an interview to the Chinese weekly Liaowang ('Outlook') that he wants a summit meeting with Deng Xiaoping this yean The strange or not-so-strange thing, however, was that the Chinese have ruled out the summit for sometime. They have come out with the not- so surprising formulation that unless the Vietnamese withdraw their troops from Kampuchea the summit is out of the question. The implication is clear. If Gorbachev wants to speak with Deng Ziaoping he must ask, rather pressurise, Vietnam to withdraw its troops from Kampuchea. The Chinese do not obviously accept Vietnam's status as an autonomous decision-making centre. They probably think that if Moscow commands, the Vietnamese have no choice but to withdraw from Kampuchea. The Soviets think otherwise. In all probability they are tired of the Indo-Chinese troubles. Their hands are full in Afghanistan. They would want to leave Vietnam, Kampuchea and China to sort out their problems. Clearly Deng Ziaoping sees the problem differently. The summit is not on the agenda till this question is sorted out.

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