Southeast Asia: The Embattled Prince

Cambodia's tubby Prince Norodom Sihanouk was like a man trapped in a revolving door. At the Viet Nam border there was the U.S.'s 1st Air Cavalry, threatening to pursue the enemy across the Cambodian frontier (see South Viet Nam). To the west, Sihanouk's troops were trading sporadic fire with Thailand. And within the Prince's own uneasy kingdom, there was steadily mounting opposition to his erratic and autocratic rule.

A Friendly Undertaker. All the pressures share a common source: Sihanouk's swing toward Red China. Having severed diplomatic ties with South Viet Nam, Thailand and the U.S., the Prince has gradually...

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