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POWER ON THE PACIFIC RIM : Who's Who in the Region

May 21, 1991

Australia Population: 16.9 million Population growth rate: 1.3% Land area: 2.96 million sq. miles GNP (per capita): $14,300 (1989 est.) Literacy rate: 98.5% People per doctor: 438 Infant mortality: 8 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 73 male, 80 female Form of government: Federal parliamentary democracy * China Population: 1.1 billion Population growth rate: 1.4 Land area: 3.7 million square miles GNP (per capita): $390 (1989) Literacy rate: Over 75% People per doctor: 724 Infant mortality: 26 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 67 years male, 69 years female Form of government: Communist party-led state * Mexico Population: 87.9 million Population growth rate: 2.2% Land area: 761,604 square miles GNP (per capita): $2,165 (1989) Literacy rate: 88% People per doctor: 1,102 Infant mortality: 41 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 68 years male, 76 years female Form of government: Federal Republic * South Korea Population: 43 million Population growth rate: 0.8% Land area: 38,025 square miles GNP (per capita): $4,600 (1989) Literacy rate: Over 90% People per doctor: 1,216 Infant mortality: 62 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 66 years male, 73 years female Form of government: Republic * Hong Kong Population: 5.8 million Population growth rate: 1.0% Land area: 35.5 square miles GNP (PER CAPITA): $10,000 (1989) Literacy rate: 75% People per doctor: 1,024 Infant mortality: 6 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 76 years male, 82 years female Form of government: British colony * New Zealand Population: 3.3 million Population growth rate: 0.4% Land area: 103,736 square miles GNP (per capita): $11,600 (GDP, 1989) Literacy rate: 99% People per doctor: 522 Infant mortality: 9 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 72 years male, 78 years female Form of government: Parliamentary democracy * Soviet Union Population: 290 million Population growth rate: 0.7% Land area: 8,649,496 square miles GNP (per capita): $10,100 Literacy Rate: 99% People per doctor: NA Infant mortality: 24 deaths per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 65 years male, 74 years female Form of government: Communist state * Indonesia Population: 190.1 million Population growth rate: 1.8% Land area: 735,268 square miles GNP (per capita): $430 (1989 Literacy rate: 62% People per doctor: 8,010 Infant mortality: 74 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 58 years male, 63 years female Form of government: Republic * North Korea Population: 21.3 million Population growth rate: 1.7% Land area: 46,540 square miles GNP (per capita): $1,240 Literacy rate: 95% People per doctor: NA Infant mortality: 27 deaths per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 69 years male, 75 years female Form of government: Communist state, one-man rule * Taiwan Population: 20.5 million Population growth rate: 1.1% Land area: 13,885 square miles GNP (PER CAPITA): $6,000 (1989) Literacy rate: 94% People per doctor: 1,010 Infant mortality: 5 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 72 years male, 77 years female Form of government: one-party presidential regime * Japan Population: 123.6 million Population growth rate: 0.4% Land area: 145,856 square miles GNP (per capita): $15,600 Literacy rate: 99% People per doctor: 635 Infant mortality: 5 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 76 years male, 82 years female Form of government: Parliamentary democracy * Philippines Population: 66.1 million Population growth rate: 2.5% Land area: 115,831 square miles GNP (per capita): $625 (1989) Literacy rate: 88% People per doctor: 1,090 Infant mortality: 45 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 63 years male, 69 years female Government: republic * Thailand Population: 55.1 million Population growth rate: 1.3% Land area: 198,456 square miles GNP (per capita): $1,160 (1989) Literacy rate: 82% People per doctor: 5,564 Infant mortality: 32 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 64 years male, 70 years female Form of government: Constitutional monarchy * Canada Population: 26.5 million Population growth rate: 1.1% Land area: 3.9 million square miles GNP (PER CAPITA): $19,600 (1989 EST.) Literacy rate: 99% People per doctor: 491 Infant mortality: 6 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 74 years male, 81 years female Form of government: Parliamentary democratic confederation * Malaysia Population: 17.5 million Population growth rate: 2.3% Land area: 127,316 square miles GNP (per capita): $2,270 (1989) Literacy rate: 65% People per doctor: 2,986 Infant mortality: 20 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 65 years male, 71 years female Form of government: Constitutional monarchy * Singapore Population: 2.7 million Population growth rate: 1.3% Land area: 224 square miles GNP (per capita): $10,300 (GDP, 1989) Literacy rate: 86.8% People per doctor: 890 Infant mortality: 7 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 72 years male, 77 years female Form of government: Republic * United States Population:250.4 million Population growth rate: 0.9% Land area: 3.6 million square miles GNP (per capita): $21,082 Literacy rate: 99% People per doctor: 413 Infant mortality: 7 per 1,000 live births Life expectancy: 73 years male, 80 female Form of government: Federal republic

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday June 4, 1991 Home Edition World Report Page 2 Column 5 World Report Desk 2 inches; 39 words Type of Material: Correction
Infant mortality - In a statistical profile of South Korea in its special Power on the Pacific Rim section May 21, World Report incorrectly reported the country's infant mortality rate. The correct figure as of 1990, according to the World Factbook, is 23 per 1,000 live births.

Maps not to scale.

Sources: World Factbook, 1990; World Almanac, 1991; Los Angeles Times

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