ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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HONG KONG-Asia s New Gendarme

October 3, 1970 HONG KONG Asia's New Gendarme T J S George SOUTH-EAST Asian countries have lately been growing visibly resentful of Japan as an economic power. It is typical of the ironies with which Asia lives that, just at this time, Japan is under tremendous pressure to become first a political and then a military power- Most South-East Asian leaders are frankly suspicious of such a role being foisted upon Japan, but at the same time they seem to feel that the changing situation in the region leaves them no choice but to accept Japan hi such a role. In time the emerging Japanese rote may well become a source of friction all by itself.

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