CONFERENCES: Truman v. Truman

The foreign ministers of Australia and New Zealand, Richard G. Casey and T. Clifton Webb, pulled up chairs around a green baize table at Kaneohe Marine Air Station in Honolulu this week, full of announced eagerness, to face Secretary of State Dean Acheson, whose mission was to send them away disappointed.

They met to add a new word to the languageĀ—Anzus (for Australia, New Zealand, U.S.). Sixteen months ago, faced by New Zealand's and Australia's reluctance to sign the Japanese Peace Treaty, President Truman announced a Pacific pact of the three powers to guarantee one another's security.

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