Asia: A New Alliance, and More Help for Viet Nam

"We do not come here to band ourselves against any people or nation," asserted Thai Foreign Minister Thanat Khoman last week to some 80 delegates from Japan, Malaysia, Nationalist China, Australia, New Zealand, South Viet Nam, the Philippines, Thailand and South Korea. Rather, their purpose in gathering in flag-festooned Seoul was, he said, "an alliance for the advancement and prosperity of our peoples."

In three days of talks hosted by South Korea's President Chung Hee Park, the nine nations agreed to form a loose association to be called the Asian and Pacific...