October 7, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Chinese Overture

China has flashed a fresh signal to India that it is interested in the normalisation of relations between the two countries. Two high dignitaries who visited Peking have brought the verbal message of Chinese leaders.

By: Editorials | Published:October 7, 2017 12:20 am
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China has flashed a fresh signal to India that it is interested in the normalisation of relations between the two countries. Two high dignitaries who visited Peking have brought the verbal message of Chinese leaders. It is understood this has been duly conveyed to the External Affairs Minister, A.B. Vajpayee, who is in New York. Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia visited Peking last month, and before him, Cyrus Vance, US Secretary of State, paid his first official visit to Peking. According to diplomatic sources, between India and China figured in their dialogue with Chinese leaders. At the UN, Vajpayee had talks with Vance last Monday. Last week, the Yugoslav foreign minister and Vajpayee had prolonged discussions. Chinese leaders are understood to have sent identical messages through both that China is desirous of improving its ties with India.

Foreign Hand, Again

Mrs Indira Gandhi hinted at the possibility of external forces behind the recent happening in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Addressing a massive public meeting, she said there could be a link between these happenings. “We know what happened in Latin American and African countries.” Asking people to be alert, she said these forces used the local people who knowingly or otherwise carried out their bid.

Poet Gets Nobel

A Spanish poet Vicente Aleixandre, 79, was awarded the 1977 Nobel literature prize for the work judged to show the “strength to survive” as he endured illness, the horrors of civil war and then loneliness under the Franco regime. This was the recurrent theme in Aleixandre’s poetry, spanning nearly half a century. It said Aleixandre was bed-ridden or captive at his desk with renal tuberculosis, as he heard the bombs of Spain’s civil war exploding around him. Friends went into exile. But he had gone on writing poetry which
‘‘illuminates man’s condition”.

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