LAOS: Nehru on the Rubicon

Shortly after Prime Minister Nehru's visit last fall to the drowsy Indo-Chinese countries of Laos and Cambodia, a British diplomat hopefully remarked that "this could be Nehru's Rubicon, the point where he must finally choose sides." Reason: Nehru was so deeply impressed by the extensive influence of Indian culture in both countries, as well as their real independence from French colonialism, that he decided on diplomatic recognition and personally appealed to Communist Boss Ho Chi Minh in neighboring North Viet Nam not to violate their frontiers.

Ho promised Nehru solemnly that he would never dream of such a dreadful thing,...

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