The Netherlands: Feathers from a Frog

Trade, as well as politics, makes strange bedfellows: Spain and Castro's Cuba, Britain and Red China, Israel and West Germany. One of the strangest tie-ups these days is between The Netherlands and its former colony, Indonesia, which severed diplomatic relations in 1960 and seemed headed for a full-scale war. The once bitter enemies have recently begun exchanging public compliments and friendly trade delegations, will even exchange ambassadors in January in a full resumption of diplomatic relations.

At a time when the U.S. and other Western nations are washing their hands of Indonesia's erratic strongman, Sukarno, the alliance is clearly a...

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