Contest for Support of Overseas Chiness
Emergence of Red China as an aggressive Far Eastern power has raised problems not only for the United States but also for the countries of Southeast Asia where 11 million Chinese reside. The overseas Chinese communities, ranging in size from a mere 30,000 in Laos to around three million in Thailand, constitute distinct social and cultural units within the respective countries. Activities of the Chinese as retailers and middlemen make them the backbone of the economic life of the relatively undeveloped nations in which they live. However, their affinity for the homeland, and the spreading influence of Communist China among them, pose a long-term threat to the integrity of almost every country which they inhabit.
American policy makers are well ...