II. THE ARC OF FREE ASIA

EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION

The countries of free Asia have many problems in common-- poverty, lack of industrialization, land problems, illiteracy. They also have great diversities, different forms of government, different religions, important disputes among themselves. To be successful, American policies must be fashioned to take into account both common problems and the individual differences of each nation. And the American public, debating the wisdom of our foreign policy, can only offer constructive support or criticism when there is an awareness of the complexities of the Asian scene.

The following section takes the arc of free Asia country by country, presenting articles that explain why India's policy is what it is, why Pakistan thinks differently, how the Philippines met the challenge of Communist subversion, and so forth. Some aspects of American policy in different countries--our information program in Burma, our military aid to Korea, for instance-- are also described.


1. India
NEHRU AND INDEPENDENCE1

The foreign policy of India, often called "neutralist," has been puzzling and annoying to many in the West. But the principles that guide India have been plainly stated by its spokesmen, and India's actions have been entirely consistent with those principles. On this basis India's attitude in a given situation can be accurately predicted.

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From India Since Independence, pamphlet by Robert Trumbull, New York Times correspondent in India for seven years, now stationed in Tokyo. (Headline Series no 105) Foreign Policy Association. New York. May-June 1954. p46-9, 54-5. Reprinted by permission.

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  • Title Page 1
  • Preface 3
  • Contents 5
  • I. the Challenge We Face 11
  • Ii. the Arc of Free Asia 37
  • An Unsentimental Look at India 42
  • 2. Pakistan 47
  • Iii. Our Economic Program 116
  • Using the Colombo Plan 128
  • One Man's Asian Revolution 135
  • Iv. Arms and Ideas 142
  • V. the Problem of China 167
  • Bibliography 185
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