53 Years Ago: Mao Views Thais As Neutral

Mao Views Thais As Neutral – NYT, September 26, 1962
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]
…Cambodia’s head of state, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, has revealed that China’s Chairman Mao Tse-tung had advised him to keep on good terms with Thailand because there was a possibility that the government would break its alliance with the United States and adopt a neutral policy. At the same time, according to Prince Sihanouk, Mr. Mao told him that Cambodia could “punish” South Vietnam at any time, and that if Cambodia did so it could count on China’s support. Prince Sihanouk made this disclosure in the weekly “Réalités Cambodgiennes.” His theme was that Cambodia owes its survival to the balance of great-power rivalries in Southeast Asia. Because of this rivalry, Prince Sihanouk has been able to invoke the aid of Red countries against Thailand and South Vietnam…

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