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Asia and the Super Powers

Asia and the Super Powers BREZHNEV's broad hint that the Soviet Union would like to see the emergence of a collective security system in Asia and Nixon's visit to a number of South and South-East Asian countries are indicative of the urgency with which the two super powers are approaching the problem of adjusting their policies and postures to the changed realities in Asia. In all probability neither Moscow nor Washington has yet decided what its Asia policy in the seventies ought to be and the moves recently made by them may be viewed as part of the spadework that precedes fundamental changes in the Great Powers' policies. While the exploratory nature of Nixon's trip is obvious, the Soviet Union also is trying to keep a number of trial balloons aloft at the same time and there is a degree of lack of finality in what various Soviet dignitaries have been talking and writing about Asia. It is certain, however, that both perceive a number of new elements in the Asian situation and that both are anxious to revise their Asia policies in the light of the emerging realities.

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