North Viet Nam: Poor Neighbor

Communism's busiest base in Southeast Asia these days is Hanoi, capital of North Viet Nam. Its streets swarm with Russians and Red Chinese. Laos is much on their minds. Sixty Russian pilots and flight engineers are billeted at the Union Hotel, and the persistent sound in the air is the drone of Ilyushins winging off with supplies for the pro-Communist rebels in Laos. But Hanoi's rulers have an even more important project in mind after Laos. At party dinners, where the cutlery comes from East Germany, the glasses from Czechoslovakia and the brandy from Bulgaria, the talk invariably...

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