Many countries face pressures to change their foreign policies, but in South Africa these pressures are directed at internal policies almost exclusively. Pressure from various sources and at various levels is increasing as South Africa’s economic strength grows. There is a greater realisation of the economic and strategic importance in the world of the nature and extent of our natural resources. Meaningful sharing in both the economic and political spheres is the only realistic way in which the serious growing pressures from outside can be countered.