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    US DEFENCE SECRETARY ROBERT S. MCNAMARA CALLED TODAY FOR STEPS TO "BUILD BRIDGES" TOWARD CHINA,?

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    US DEFENCE SECRETARY ROBERT S. MCNAMARA CALLED TODAY FOR STEPS TO "BUILD BRIDGES" TOWARD CHINA, AS A MEANS OF AVOIDING WAR.

    "WE CAN DO SO WITH PROPERLY BALANCED TRADE RELATIONS, DIPLOMATIC CONTACTS, AND IN SOME CASES EVEN BY EXCHANGES OF MILITARY OBSERVERS" MCNAMARA SAID.

    IN A SPEECH PREPARED FOR THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEWSPAPER EDITORS, MCNAMARA SPOKE IN A PHILOSOPHICAL TERMS OF U.S. RELATIONSHIPS WITH POTENTIAL ENEMIES AS WEE AS WITH UNDERDEVELOPED COUNTRIES AND WITH U.S. ALLIES.

    HE MADE ONLY BARE MENTION OF VIETNAM AND THEN ONLY INDIRECTLY. THE DEFENCE SECRETARY SAID "BREACHING THE ISOLATION OF GREAT NATIONS LIKE RED CHINA... REDUCES THE DANGER OF POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC MISUNDERSTANDINGS," AND INCREASES THE INCENTIVES ON BOTH SIDES TO RESOLVE DISPUTES BY REASON RATHER THAN BY FORCE." AS A STEP TOWARD DEVELOPMENT OF A WORLDWIDE "COMMUNITY OF EFFORT," MCNAMARA SUGGESTED THAT EVERY YOUNG PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE ASKED TO GIVE TWO YEARS OF SERVICE, WHETHER IN THE MILITARY, THE PEACE CORPS OR" SOME OTHER VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT WORK AT HOME AND ABROAD.

    "WE COULD ENCOURAGE OTHER COUNTRIES TO DO THE SAME AND WE COULD WORK OUT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS MUCH AS THE PEACE COPRS IS ALREADY PLANNING TO DO" MCNAMARA SAID.

    HE NOTED THAT SUGGESTIONS ALONG THE LINE HAVE BEEN CRITICIZED AS INAPPROPRIATE WHILE THE UNITED STATES IS A SHOOTING WAR.

    "BUT I BELIEVE PRECISELY THE OPPOSITE IN THE CASE" MCNAMARA SAID. "IT IS MORE APPROPRIATE NOW THAN EVER.

    OR LACK OF DECENT OPPORTUNITY STILL HOLDS SWAY". SUCH AN APPROACH, MCNAMARA SAID, "WOULD MAKE MEANINGFUL THE CENTRAL CONCEPT OF SECURITY: A WORLD OF, DECENCY AND DEVELOPMENT."
    MCNAMARA DECLARED THAT "THE UNITED STATES HAS NEVER BEEN MILITARY STRONGER" AND THAT "WE INTEND TO MAINTAIN THAT READINESS."
    BUT, HE ADDED:
    "IT IS CLEAR THAT THIS PURELY MILITARY POSTURE IS NOT THE CENTRAL ELEMENT IN OUT SECURITY....
    THE DECISIVE FACTOR FOR A POWERFUL NATIONAL -- ALREADY ADEQUATELY AREMED -- IS THE CHARACTER OF ITS RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE WORLD," IN ITS DEALING WITH THE UNDERDEVELOPED COUNTRIES, MCNAMARA SAID:
    "OUR ROLE MUST BE PRECISELY THIS: TO HELP PROVIDE SECURITY TO THOSE DEVELOPING NATIONS WHICH GENUINELY NEED AND REQUEST OUR HELP, AND WHICH DEMONSTRABLY ARE WILLING AND ABLE TO HELP THEMSELVES." BUT HE EMPHASIZED THAT THERE IS MORE TO SECURITY FOR THESE COUNTRIES THAN THE MILITARY FACTOR.

    "AS DEVELOPMENT PROGRESSES, SECURITY PROGRESSES, "MCNAMARA SAID.

    AS FAR AS U.S. ALLIES ARE CONCERNED, MCNAMARA SAID THAT MUST DO MORE TO COMMON BURDEN.

    HE SAID ON THAT POINT:
    "IF .... OTHER NATIONS GENUINELY BELIEVED -- AS THE SAY THEY DO THAT IT IS IN THE COMMON INTEREST TO DETER THE EXPANSION OF RED CHINA'S ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CONTROL BEYOND ITS NATIONAL BOUNDARIES. THEN THEY MUST TAKE A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN GUARDING THE DEFENCE PERIMETER."
    BUT HE LAID STRESS ON CO-OPERATIVE VENTURES SUCH AS THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES AS THE BEST RELIANCE FOR PEACE-KEEPING IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

    (CANADA IS NOT OAS MEMBER)
    "THE PLAIN TRUTH IS THE DAY IS COMING WHEN NO SINGLE NATION, HOWEVER POWERFUL, CAN UNDERTAKE BY ITSELF TO KEEP THE PEACE OUT SIDE ITS OWN BORDERS", MCNAMARA SAID.

    "REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR PEACEKEEPING PURPOSES ARE AS YET RUDIMENTARY; BUT THEY MUST GROW IN EXPERIENCE AND HE STRENGTHENED BY DELIBERATE AND PRACTICAL CO-OPERATIVE ACTION."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA473LUVDO2O6ZZXYJ4D4CV4KXJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA473LUVDO2O6ZZXYJ4D4CV4KXJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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