Conferences: How the Balance Has Changed

As the seven fighting allies of the Pacific converged on Manila last week, two other groups of allies were winding up conferences. Their cautious confrontations were a reminder of how the world's balance of ideological power has altered in the past decade.

How to Reunite? In Moscow, the leaders of nine Communist nations* gathered for a secret summit and a show of Soviet spaceshots. Not long ago, such a gathering would inevitably result in barbed blasts at the West accompanied by the rattle of rockets or the slap of brick on mortar....

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