Struggle for Asia

Struggle for Asia

Struggle for Asia

Struggle for Asia

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This book is not meant for experts on individual Asian countries. It is intended to supply a background on Asian affairs for the average citizen, the man or woman who has neither the time nor the inclination to pursue intensive research, but who reads the daily papers and is frequently puzzled by developments which occur in Asia--developments that have often a very important bearing on the affairs of the West.

It is not the purpose of the book to praise or blame the workings of the Asian mind, but to explain them to Western readers as undeniable facts which must be taken into account in world affairs. Many people in the West will violently disagree with the attitude of some Asian countries towards world problems, especially Communism; all I can say is that a knowledge of modern Asia's background should enable the Western critic to understand, even if he does not sympathize with, the Asian point of view. Understanding, in turn, may bring a better appreciation of how to help Asia's new democracies to resist a form of government which is as repugnant to their nationalism as it is to the West. Only by a thorough comprehension of Asian susceptibilities can the West make its most effective contribution to the attainment of that co-operation between East and West which is vital to the future of humanity as a whole.

I have to acknowledge with gratitude the help I have received from the Foreign Office, the Commonwealth Relations Office and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, all of which have furnished factual information. My grateful thanks are also due to my wife, who has assisted in various ways to complete the task.

FRANCIS LOW

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