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By Jennifer 8. Lee | July 18, 2007
The AFP writes about how the US and North Korean nuclear envoys met in Beijing and went off to a Chinese restaurant. Given that they are in China, perhaps this is not so surprising (but then again, they did chose to meet in China — neutral territory?). But this brings to mind another “dining diplomacy” incident where a Chinese restaurant did play a major role: the Cuban Missile Crisis. Emissaries representing President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev met at Yenching Restaurant in Cleveland Park Washington to negotiate during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Legend has it that they hammered out the final details, and avoided a war, in the second-to-last booth on the left. But sadly, the Washington institution recently closed.
- At Yenching Palace, Five Decades of History to Go (The Washington Post)
- US NKorean nuclear envoys engage in ‘dining diplomacy’ (AFP)
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