American Vice-President Spiro. T. Agnew Flew out on his Asian tour yesterday (Saturday), bearing President?
American Vice-President Spiro. T. Agnew Flew out on his Asian tour yesterday (Saturday), bearing President Nixon's renewed pledge that the United States will maintain its presence in South-East Asia.
Before Mr Agnew left San Clemente, California, on the first leg of his tour, both he and President Nixon renewed assurances that the U.S. would stand by its commitments in the Far East:
The Vice-President then boarded a helicopter to fly to a nearby air base. Like his II-nation tour of Asia and the Pacific earlier this year, Mr Agnew's new venture is keyed to the Nixon Doctrine -- the policy announced by the President a year ago, which combines a reduction of overall American presence in Asia with a reaffirmation of treaty commitments and greater emphasis on Asian self-help.
In South Korea -- Mr Agnew's first Asian stop -- he will give assurances that the U.S. will assist in the modernisation of the nation's military forces to counteract the withdrawal of some 20,000 American troops.
After Korea, Mr Agnew heads south to Taiwan, then to Thailand and South Vietnam. There have also been unconfirmed reports of a quick stopover in Cambodia.