Asia: The Bridge Builder

Less than two months ago, Cambodia's mercurial Prince Norodom Sihanouk was complaining that France had been more generous in giving aid to South Viet Nam than to his own country. Last week, after French Defense Minister Pierre Messmer journeyed to Pnompenh to present Sihanouk with tanks, trucks, aircraft and an invitation to visit Paris in the spring, the Prince allowed that France, after all, was one of Cambodia's "very rare true friends." Said Sihanouk: "We are convinced that only France can build a bridge between East and West."

Reuniting Viet Nam. So is Charles de Gaulle. Eager to re-establish France's...

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