Australian Left Review


Owen Wilkes


Over the last five years the countries bordering the Indian Ocean have been pressing for the establishment of a Zone of Peace in the Indian Ocean which would block the escalation of great power military presence in the area. Australia and New Zealand voted for a UN General Assembly resolution in December 1972 which supported the general concept of such a Peace Zone. Over the same period modest escalation of both US and Soviet military activities has occurred in the area. The Soviet expansion has of course been continually emphasised and exaggerated in the West, while American expansion has gone largely unnoticed.



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