THE FAR EAST: Signs of Progress

Three years ago the echoes of the Communist cannon that conquered Dienbienphu still rumbled over the vast rimland of non-Communist Asia. Flushed with victory. Mao Tse-tung in Peking and Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi boasted that the rest of Indo-China was theirs for the asking, and looked past Indo-China to Malaya, Thailand and Burma. But last week, almost three years since North Viet Nam was formally surrendered to Communism, the heady Communist visions had not materialized.

The guns of Communist China fire only fitfully these days across the Formosa Strait. Southeast Asia's...

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