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Japanese in Thailand Deals with a troubled relationship between the two countries--Thailand and Japan which increased markedly with the visit to Thailand of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka in January 1974. Gives the public image set backs in Thailand of the Japanese long before the Prime Minister's visit. Describes Japan as Thailand's largest trading partner dominating Thai trade picture, illustrated by the proliferation of consumer goods, major Japanese pres ...Continue Reading English 24753
Trade with China: The Next Logical Step Deals with the ASEAN countries which have opened up trade relations with China. Notes the reluctance of Thailand to start trading with China. Points out political risk, citing communist problems, the Chinese community in Thailand, and the troubled internal affairs. Criticizes attitudes of Thailand towards trading with China and compares her export markets to those of Southeast Asian countries. Comments on Thai trade deficit and suggests the ...Continue Reading English 23377
ASEAN at the Crossroads Vittachi, Tarzie Describes the political background in which Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was born. Points out the difference of the partners in ASEAN and in the European Common Market. Considers some of the ingredients in the ASEAN mixture in terms of religion, politics and style of life of each country. Gives reasons why its limited aims have not been achieved: ASEAN lacked a Jean Monnet and it was relegated to a division of the foreign off ...Continue Reading English 21948
ASEAN's Economic Role in the Pacific Rajaratnam, S Criticizes Gerardus Mercator, a Flemish map-maker who had the Asians and the Latin Americans looking at one another from across the Atlantic. Emphasizes importance of the Pacific in terms of its geopolitical setting and theoretical role as largest center of world trade. Studies factors adding to the economic potential of the Pacific. Analyzes trends of economic independence in Southeast Asia. Examines the economic role of Western imperialism ...Continue Reading English 19631
Southeast Asian Studies: Origins, Development, Future Fifield, Russell H Reviews the history of Southeast Asia, noting the Indochinese wars, and decolonization between 1946 and 1963. Discusses the concept of SE Asian studies and the integrated program of studies in USA and SE Asian studies in many important countries. Covers the role of American foundations in the development of SE Asian studies at home and abroad, the activities of SE Asianists in academic programs and professional work, the literature on regionali ...Continue Reading English 13365
Singapore's Foreign Policy, 1965-1968 Chan Heng Chee Reviews the geographical and economic circumstances which make it necessary for Singapore to take an active interest in international affairs. Discusses the policy of non-alignment that Singapore declared when achieving independence, citing the diplomatic and commercial goals of this policy. Mentions the inconsistency in non-alignment created by the presence of British military bases. Comments on Lee's attitude toward U.S. presence in Southeas ...Continue Reading English 12699
Cambodia and Southeast Asian Regionalism Gardon, Bernard K Examines aspects of Cambodia's foreign policy to discern factors that may impinge on Cambodian participation in regional cooperation efforts, particularly in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Considers Cambodia's reliance on instability in the region as aiding her national survival and neutral image. Discusses the circumstances under which Cambodia's participation in ASEAN would be likely and relates these circumstances to nei ...Continue Reading English 12042
The Development of Relations Between China and the SEAM Countries Funnell, Victor C Points out that the main interest in the developing relationship between China and Southeast Asia lies in those countries whose policies can be openly examined, and that there is no clear dividing line between two sides: the Communists and non-Communists. Deals with the opening embassies in Southeast Asia, the leader crisis in China, and the attitude of ASEAN foreign ministries when considering serious negotiations with the Chinese. Notes the g ...Continue Reading English 09907
The Sabah Crisis: An Old Feud Boils Anew Vanderwicken, Peter Describes the background of the Malaysian Philippines feud and suspension of diplomatic relations. Notes the implications to the U.S. and Great Britain. Discusses Sabah's land, resources, people and history. Examines two translations of the Sabah contract (1878) between the Sultan of Brunei and two European businessmen, noting conflicting interpretations of these translations upon which the two countries base their claim. Appraises the future ...Continue Reading English 09318
Asian Survey Ott, Marvin Discusses Malaysia's domestic, political problems during 1967: passage of the national language bill political maneuvers in Borneo and communal riots in Penang. Reports on Malaysia's foreign relations for 1967: ending of Indonesia's confrontation and its implications and announcement by Great Britain of reduction of military forces in Malaysia and Singapore. Refers to rise of regionalism, support of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (AS ...Continue Reading English 06698
South-East Asia Reconsidered Kattenburg, Paul M Surveys the area of Southeast Asia in the light of the Communist take-over in Indo-china. Provides the three propositions about Southeast Asia developed as a result of the writer's visit to the region in 1974. Reviews the Communism in Southeast Asia in terms of the rhetoric of contending ideological poles in the post-war history of East and Southeast Asia, the Western policy objective of keeping the rest of Asia free , and factors perceived ...Continue Reading English 04249
Thailand Not Spared World Recession Charoonphan Issarangkul Presents the statement of Foreign Minister Charconphan Issarangkul at the ASEAN meeting in Manila in November 1974. Touches on the trend of developments inside Thailand in terms of constitutional and political institutions after the events of October 1973. Reviews briefly the overall economic growth rate in 1973 and the average rate of inflation in the first 7 months of 1974. Notes the realize of the Government to call for a new emphasis on de ...Continue Reading English 03529
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