World: Indochina: Forging an Alliance

Forsaking the prescribed genteel toast, Indonesia's President Suharto rose at a White House state dinner last week to deliver a strong admonition. "Cambodia is now being engulfed in the fires of war. Instead of the peace we hoped for, the threat of a new war is spreading," said Suharto. "All efforts should be taken to prevent the war from widening and to ensure the preservation of Cambodia's right to sovereignty and neutrality." One way to do this, Indonesia's leader went on, is "by effecting the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Cambodian territory."

The White House and some Indonesian officials took Suharto's...

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