GEOPOLITICS: After Viet Nam: What Next in Asia?

"We must first of all face the fact that what has happened in Indochina has disquieted many of our friends, especially in Asia."

—President Gerald Ford

In the four weeks since Ford spoke those words in his "State of the World" address, America's friends, allies or clients in Asia have grown increasingly alarmed as Communist forces dramatically swept through Cambodia and South Viet Nam and renewed their insurgent attacks on a hitherto quiescent Laos. Throughout Asia, as a result, foreign ministries were pondering how they might live with a probably united, emboldened...