August 29, 1969
STATEMENT OF SENATOR MIKE MAlmFIELD (D., M01TTANA)
It has been a most inf'ortnative, and I believe useful trip. The
genesis of my trip was a request by the President some months ago thai.. ::: v:!. ... i..,
Cambodia . After his returning from Asia, t-he President repeated his o:r::.r ir.c:.j_
request and also asked that I visit other countries in Southeast Asia, :h~~ _
he had visited and some he had not, to ascertain the reactions "tO t-his trip.
Accordingly, I traveled to Manila., Djakarta, Rangoon, Phnom Penh, Vie~1tie.nc,
Luang Prabang and Hong Kong where the najor portions of my private and p~b~lc
reports were prepared. I stopped briefly at- the Udorn Air Base in 'i.u1ila.:d;
Okinawa, where I met vTi th the High Commissioner of the Ryukyu Islands, Ue
Civil Administrator and others; and Yokota in Japan where a refueling s~op
gave me the opportunity to meet with Ambassador Meyer.
In the course of my t-rip, I met privately with President 1-larcos
of the Philippines, President Suharto of Indonesia, General Ne Win in Burma,
Prince Sihanouk in Cambodia who received me most amicably and designated r:y
visit a state visit, Prime Minister Souvanna Phouma in Vientiane and King
Savang Vatthana in Luang Prabang . I also met with other officials in each
country, and of course, with our Ambassa~ otper members of our missions.
I met with the President /r:.:.:. .:;..~ ar.::::.~-0 and made a confidential repor<: ~o
him orally and in writing . At a la-cer da-:;e, I will be making a public repon, to
the Foreign Relations Committee.
Wherever I went in Southeast Asia, I found the leaders of government
generally pleased with the Presid.en-r, 's new policies enunciated in the course of
his Asian trip. In my judgment, t-hE:se pol::._cies represent a needed break i-Ti t.1. Lbe
past and a sound basis for adjusting our relations with Southeast Asian cotm~ri~3
to the realities of the present.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 45, Folder 10, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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