Nixon anti-Soviet remarks omitted in Chinese report
Peking — Former President Richard Nixon, on the third day of his five-day visit to China, said Sino-American links should be strengthened in order to contain the ''Soviet threat.'' Despite Peking's desire to reduce tensions with Moscow, the Soviet military threat is greater than 10 years ago, Mr. Nixon said.
But the official New China News Agency, in its report of the speech at an official banquet, omitted all anti-Soviet references, reflecting Peking's new, more even-handed approach toward the United States and Soviet Union.
Mr. Nixon met with party Vice-Chairman Deng Xiaoping, Premier Zhao Ziyang, and Communist Party Chairman Hu Yaobang and said they know that without the US ''they would be down the tube.''