CAMBODIA: The Neutral Harvest

Of all Southeast Asia's neutralists, none has made the art pay better than Cambodia's unpredictable chief of state, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, 37. Since 1955 Sihanouk has extracted $290 million in aid from the U.S., $22 million from France, $23 million from Red China, and perhaps $12 million from Russia. To keep himself from being compromised, Sihanouk, after each Western gift, generally scampers off to Peking or Moscow for an offsetting Red handout. Last week, in a dazzling display of diplomatic virtuosity, Sihanouk unveiled a second rule of aidmanship: always bite the hand that feeds you.

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