Some Implications of the Nixon Doctrine for the Far East
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTEBorn in New York in 1936, Brannigan took is B. A. at Tufts in 1957 with a major in economics; served in the Navy as a lieutenant; has worked with the New York World Telegram and Sun, U.P.I. News Film, and joined ABC in 1966. His assignments have taken him to other Asian countries ranging from Japan to Thailand. He has been received four times in National LIberation Front and/or North Vietnamses Embassies in Cambodia ans Laos and covered the national elections in South Vietnam in 1967.SUMMARY He organized his remarks around two aspects of the still very general "Nixon Doctrine": Vietnamization and reduction of the U.S profile elsewhere. The former he dealt with in both political and military terms, analyzing the handicaps the U.S entering Vietnam fighting frequently "another Korea". He chided the U.S unwillingness to accept as reality a Vietnamese fondness for political intrigue that surpasses our own. In covering the low profile he examined the possible future roles of Japan, mainland China, and the USSR in Southeast Asia. He indicated Asians are now aware the U.S aid is going to be hard to come by and that our maneuver and negotiate with the USSR - rather that with Japan, whom they still distrust somewhat, rather China, who is too busy bolstering its border defenses to get involved immediately. He pointed out too that many Asia nations are undertaking the reforms necessary to avoid becoming "targets of Communist exploitation".