SOVIET ECONOMIC AID IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: THREAT OR WINDFALL,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The new Soviet diplomacy in Asia, involving an active effort to extend economic aid to a select group of countries who qualify as non-allied with the United States, or, in some sense of the term, as neutralists, is discussed. To date, the Soviet Bloc has made aid commitments in South and Southeast Asia of over 380 million to India, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Burma. Virtually all the aid has been committed in the past two years most of it since early 1956. The scope and timing of the Blocs aid efforts raise a number of basic questions for United States foreign economic policy Is Soviet aid in Southeast Asia a clear threat to U. S. interests. Should offers of aid by the Bloc be responded to by U. S. counter-offers of more aid on more favorable terms. And what can be said about the effect of Soviet aid to non-allied countries on our SEATO allies.