Asia: How Goes the Colombo Plan?

In the Far East, where Communism threatens from Korea's 38th Parallel to the Himalayas, the first formal barrier erected against Red encroachment is a half-forgotten organization called the Colombo Plan. Originated in 1950 by a group of British Commonwealth nations meeting in the capital of Ceylon, the plan was designed as a loosely knit club in which industrial nations and needy Asian countries could negotiate bilateral aid agreements. The club has since grown from eleven to 20 members —frankly, if unofficially, referred to as six donors and 14 recipients.* Last week in Bangkok, at the organization's annual Consultative Committee...

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