The World: Diplomatic Golf

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew flew into Thailand last week acting like an ordinary tourist. He played a round of golf, sampled Bangkok's famous cuisine, and laid on a sightseeing tour that was mostly followed, as it turned out, by Mrs. Lee. Meanwhile the Singapore delegation, including Lee's Foreign Minister and his intelligence experts, huddled in secret talks with Thai Prime Minister Thanom Kittikachorn and his assistants. What the Singapore visitors had come to propose was the creation of a new regional defense strategy, by Asians and for Asians.

Lee is convinced that such a strategy is needed. What he...

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