Friday, January 15, 2010

The Asia-Africa Conference

Source: LIFE

On April 18-24, 1955, twenty nine country leaders came to Bandung, West Java to promote Afro-Asian economic and cultural cooperation and to oppose colonialism or neocolonialism by the United States, the Soviet Union, or any other imperialistic nation. It was an important step toward Non-Aligned Movement.

The U.S. initially viewed the Bandung Conference, and the nonaligned movement that emerged from it, with caution. But in the end, the Bandung Conference did not lead to a general denunciation of the West as U.S. observers had feared.

Nevertheless, the meeting was sort of inspiring other nations to demonstrate that they could be a force in future world politics, with several nations gained independence not long afterward. For example, Cuba became independent in 1959, while Algerians gained theirs in 1961.

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