TITLE

NEW TIDES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

AUTHOR(S)
Bundy, William P.
PUB. DATE
January 1971
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jan1971, Vol. 49 Issue 2, p187
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article examines the political status of Southeast Asia as of January 1971. On the whole, save in Burma, the statesmen of Southeast Asia want more rather than fewer ties with the developed countries. The cry of neo-colonialism finds little echo today. To be sure, there remain basic concerns regarding the West. One grievance turns on the terms of trade for Southeast Asia's primary and industrial products; if allowed to become worse, this could fester into a really sharp antagonism. But the bogey of a new Western or U.S. economic imperialism is largely a figment of the imagination of the New Left in the U.S.; one does not encounter it to any significant extent in Southeast Asia. Nor would the facts as to the scale and nature of U.S. economic activity in the area support it; and, most crucially, the host countries truly control the terms of access, in no small part because the developed countries are in competition with each other. The economic resources of Southeast Asia are likewise important to all the powers but vital to none. Its export markets and import supplies have become much more healthily diversified in the last decade, as world trade has expanded. Again, realization of the facts has probably changed even more than the facts themselves.
ACCESSION #
5810914

 

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