TITLE

IMAGE AND REALITY IN INDOCHINA

AUTHOR(S)
Salisbury, Harrison E.
PUB. DATE
April 1971
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Apr1971, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p381
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper argues that the image of Indochina not only varies widely from one power to another but also from one period to another. It analyzes later development of great-power policy vis-á-vis Indochina. It shows how the U.S. has frequently misjudged the reality in Indochina, and Indochina misjudging the U.S. as well. It also describes the wide difference between the image of Indochina as viewed by China and Russia. The paper concludes by discussing the implications that such distortion between image and reality have for the future. According to the author, reexamining the 30 and more years since Indochina entered the agenda of world problems one is struck constantly by the curious mirages, the discordance between image and reality which seem to persist not only in the U.S. perceptions of Indochina but in the evaluations by other great powers and the Indochinese themselves of the actual nature and goals of U.S. policy. The Indochina phenomenon is different. It lies in a distortion of perception in which one, two or more powers see a different sequence of events as being in progress, each one of these images having little or no resemblance to reality or to the image in the consciousness of the other powers.
ACCESSION #
5804216

 

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