Senator Jacob K. Javits

Wednesday, January 22, 1964

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New York Senator Jacob K. Javits discusses foreign policy needs, particularly as they relate to Latin America. He talks about the political upheavals in recent years. He makes several suggestions for the US Latin American policies.

1) The US is spreading foreign aid over too many nations. The limited resources should be directed to certain countries that are nearest to the "take off point" and have a strategic significance to the success of the alliance and in terms of the security of the hemisphere. These nations could become "centers of strength" in Latin America. The prime example he gives is Mexico.

2) Incorporate private enterprise into foreign aid.

Questions and answers follow.

When asked about the continued non-recognition of communist China Javits responds with a strongly worded statement laying out his views. Sees no benefit in recognizing the communist nation, he government of the country as full of hate toward the United States and the United Nations. He states that they are in defiance of mankind.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70556
Municipal archives id: T242


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