Armstrong, Hamilton Fish
January 1960
Foreign Affairs;Jan1960, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p238
Academic Journal
The article presents a discussion on political happenings along the China border. Around the immense southern rim of Red China, from Afghanistan at the western end of the Himalayas to South Vietnam on the Pacific, and further still to the great island groups of Indonesia and the Philippines, stretches a crescent of nations, all in an early stage of economic development. Most of them show a friendly face towards their neighbor; only two or three venture to be openly hostile. Non-Communist Asia has more than China's geographical ambitions to worry about. Indians are comparing Chinese material progress with their own and asking themselves whether their socialist democracy can stand up against China. The achievements of Chinese Communism in public works and production are advertised all through Asia, but the human costs are not comprehended, even since the forcible introduction of the communal system. This gives added ground for apprehension: political leaders realize what an appeal Communism can have for their own populations simply because when the known is disappointing enough any unknown becomes attractive. Paradoxically, it is this fear that has accounted for the relative weakness of the American position in South and Southeast Asia.


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