So Much For Brinkmanship

When President Clinton welcomed Emperor Akhito on June 13, the White House put on a show of ceremony and deference befitting an exalted visitor. Never mind thorny trade disputes over auto parts, electronics, and computers. At one point, Clinton leaned forward almost in a bow to the heir of the oldest monarchy on earth. "Your majesty," the President intoned, "our determination to work with you is strong."

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