Thailand: Tensions Between Partners

"The present marriage between the U.S. and Thailand," says Thai Foreign Minister Thanat Khoman, "is a marriage of necessity, I think, for both sides." Like most such marriages, it has its strains, and they are beginning to show up with considerable frequency. The Thais face a dilemma: they want and need U.S. help in fighting off Communism in Southeast Asia, fearing that their country may be the next victim; yet they are disturbed by the effects of the American presence in Thailand on their traditional manners and morals.

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