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SOUTH VIET NAM: No Longer a Pariah

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Asia’s neutralists have always been slightly standoffish about South Viet Nam’s President Ngo Dinh Diem. They did not think his half of the country was here to stay; they did not approve of someone who openly accepted alliance with and aid from the U.S. But Diem’s surprising success, and Communist North Viet Nam’s conspicuous failures, have been changing Asian minds. Last week Burma’s U Nu, a man increasingly disillusioned by his Communist neighbors, paid a social call on Diem in Saigon, came away impressed: “I was told you were a man with a martial look, but I see you are charming.” Added a U Nu aide: “Our press says Viet Nam is war-torn and wretched, but we find a very efficiently run country.”

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