The superpower accords on trade and arms cuts met praise around the world Saturday, but Europe was quick to remind Presidents Bush and Gorbachev of the importance of narrowing differences over Germany.
China played down the significance of the Washington summit."The joint statement issued today is far from being the culmination of the matter," official Xinhua news agency reporter Huai Chengbo wrote in a news analysis from Washington. "Since the international situation is unpredictably changeable, anything can happen to prevent the treaty from being finished."
The French newspaper Le Figaro, in a report headlined "Bush worried for Gorbachev," put a twist to the summit outcome, saying "Bush doubts Gorbachev's future, so for sake of prudence he is garnering as many accords as he can, notably on disarmament."
Scandanavian reaction also reflected the uncertainty of Gorbachev's grip on power.
"Perhaps President Gorbachev will remember, while he is negotiating a more peaceful world in Washington, that the blood bath in Beijing was the end of a popular movement which rose as a result of his visit," said Norway's main newspaper Aftensposten in reference to the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square.
"The man who released the wind of freedom is in danger of being eaten by the storm," it said.
British newspapers gave extensive coverage to the Washington summit, but The Times examined the implications of the unsettled status of a unified Germany.
"For either side to be content with a stand-off on German reunification and the future membership of NATO would be disastrous," the Times editorial said.