ASIA: Balancing the Tiger with the Wolf

Slowly but unmistakably, the nations of Asia are adjusting to the Communist conquest of Indochina. That event has forced all nations of the region, including China and the countries on its vast periphery, to re-examine their relations with one another and with Washington. Last week Thailand—a member of the Association of South East Asian Nations, once regarded as a barrier to Chinese Communist expansion—followed the Philippines and Malaysia in establishing formal diplomatic relations with Peking. TIME'S diplomatic editor Jerrold L. Schecter completed a tour of Asia that included many of the affected capitals. His report:

Despite the rash of Asian leaders...

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