INTERNATIONAL NOTES: Spreading Sunshine?

When members of the nine-nation Asian and Pacific Council (ASPAC)-gathered in Seoul last week, no one needed to remind them that their organization was rapidly becoming outdated. When ASPAC was formed in 1966, Washington had hailed it as a bulwark of anti-Communist solidarity in Asia. In the wake of President Nixon's trip to Peking, however, many of ASPAC's members are now going to some lengths to play down that anti-Communist line in the hope of improving their own relations with China.

Malaysia's delegate pointedly arrived for the two-day meeting a full day late. Japan carefully explained that it had accepted...

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