Senator John F. Kennedy's Statement on the Dangerous Role of the People's Republic of China, Washington Daily News, September 22, 1960

Source: The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 2, p. 799

Senator John F. Kennedy's statement as quoted in the Washington Daily News, September 22, 1960:

"The recognition is not really the crux of our foreign policy. The real question is what should be done about the harsh facts that China is a powerful and aggressive nation. The dangerous situation now existing can be remedied only by a strong and successful India, a strong and successful Japan, and some kind of regional group over Southeast Asia which gives these smaller countries the feeling that, in spite of their distaste for a military alliance, they will not be left to be picked off one by one at the whim of the Peiping regime."

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