RED CHINA: Believe the U.N.?

OUTPUT RISE IN RED CHINA LEADS

WORLD, said the headline in the New York Herald Tribune, and if the statistics were to be believed, it was no exaggeration. Last week, in its annual World Economic Survey, the United Nations proclaimed (and the Herald Tribune published) that Red China's industrial and agricultural output for 1958 had jumped 65% over the year before. Even making allowances for statistical overenthusiasm, the U.N. still estimated that the increase in national product "seems to have been of the order of 50%." While the U.S. gross national product dropped...

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