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President / End of Vietnam Era / United States Reassessment / Southeast Asia #37505

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 07, 1975
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(Studio) President marks official end to Vietnam era by issuing proclamation canceling some wartime benefits to servicemen; asks Congress to eliminate GI education program for anyone entering military after July 1. There are indications a new post Vietnam defense policy beginning to emerge.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) Admin. reassessing S.E. Asia policy. Hopefully, United States detente with Peking to continue In S.E. Asia, areas to come under United States defense include Japan, 38th parallel of Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand. Left on Communist fringe with little more than moral commitment from United States are Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia. President meets with New Zealand Prime Min. Wallace Rowling and later with Australian leader Edward Gough Whitlam to reassure them of United States protection in post Vietnam era.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(DC) For 1st time in over 2 years, President publicly recommits United States to Taiwan; Mr. Ford inadvertently incls. Taiwan in list, but Taiwan's ambassador James Shen takes President' words at face value. [SHEN - says government understands US to come to Taiwan's aid in military fashion in event of attack.] Admin. officials embarrassed by incident; detente with Peking is matter for concern now.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Jarriel, Tom;
Koppel, Ted;
Smith, Howard K.

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