Foreign Policy and Defence Arrangements
A small country, and an island at that, dependent for its hard currency on the vagaries of a foreign market which buys its export produce, and on the goodwill of the developed countries and international credit agencies for assistance in its economic progress, totally incapable of defending itself against major aggression from without has in the end not much space for manoeuvre in the conduct of an independent line of action in regard to questions of external import.
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