Asia: The Hard Struggle

In a great crescent stretching 10,000 miles from Iran to Japan live more than a fourth of the world's 3.1 billion people. This is non-Communist Asia, whose vast size and vaster human reservoir make its bitter struggle for a better life of particular concern to all nations. Last week a new report from the United Nations showed just how hard that struggle is — and how far most of the 22 Asian nations in the survey must go before reaching even the most preliminary goals.

The Asian-born, Western-trained economists who directed the survey are worried most about the crisis facing...

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