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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, June 29, 1973 THE IETHBRIOOE HEftAlD New opinion poll shows a change: China and the U.S.: scrutability reigns By RALPH NOVAK NEW YORK (NEA) It seems like only a few years ago it WAS only a few years ago that Americans and the people of mainland China were not so buddy-buddy. Little boys reading American comic books in the early 1950s grew up believing the Chinese were buck-toothed sadists who existed solely so G.I. Joe would have someone at whom he could yell, "Eat molten death, Commie rats." An opinion survey in 1964 showed that 28 per cent of the American population did not know China had a Communist government but of those who did know, few thought it was1 a idea. In 1966, a Harris poll showed Americans most often describ- ed the Chinese with such ad- jectives as "treacher- ant." "war-like" and "ignor- It was by no means a case of unrequited hate. In 1951 a Chinese magazine said of the United States: "This is the Eden of a pinch of millionaires, the hell of countless millions of poor people. This is the para- dise of gangsters, swindlers, rascals, special agents, fascist germs, speculators, debauchers and all the dregs of mankind. This is a living hell 10 times, 100 times, times worse than any hell that can possibly be depicted hv most sang- uinary of writers." That set tnc for 20 years during which the nicest thing Peking ever called the United Staes was "paper tiger" and the United States pretend- ed that mainland China was just a delinquent suburb of For- mosa. But that was when the Chinese were still part of the yellow peril and the United States was still full of capitalist war mongers. Now American journalists and government of- ficials are streaming off to China as if it were Tahiti. Chinese Mao jackets, acrobats and gymnasts are tumbling across American borders in the more or less hallowed tradition of coolies, mah jongg and chop suey. A recent opinion survey of American attitudes toward China is illustrative. It was conducted by Norton Simon. Inc., a nice wholesome American conglomerate form- ed in 1968 by the consolidation of McCall Corporation, Hunt Foods and Industries and Can- ada Dry Corporation. Only time will tell whether the Chinese are ready for American wom- en's magazines, tomatq paste and ginger ale but Norton Simon president David J. Ma- honey visited China last Octo- ber and his corporation seems not disinterested in turning an honest yuan or two. The most surprising part of the Norton Simon survey, in fact, is the high percentage of people favoring increased trade with the Chinese. (This raises questions about the poll being self-serving but its results on other questions are close to those obtained by other national surveys follow- ing President Nixon's trip to China last year.) The survey, based on inter- views conducted this March and said to be representative of national opinion, showed 84 per cent of those questioned favored increased diplomatic contact with the Chinese gov- ernment and 82 per cent favor- ed more cultural relations. These Jesuits, however, are not substantially different from those obtained in a Council on Foreign Relations survey made by the University of Michigan in 1964. Even then, when China was still 73 per cent of those polled said they favor- ed an exchange of visitors with the Chinese and 71 per cent ap- proved of increased diplomatic contact. So we have always friendly in theory. been In 1964, however, only 131 per cent of the people contacted were in favor of China's ad- mission to the United Nations, while the Norton Simon survey indicated a 73 per cent appro- val of Peking's admission after the fact. And, more importantly for purveyors of tomato paste, 72 per cent of the subjects in the Norton Simon poll supported increased trade with China, a big jump over the 43 per cent who were in favor of "selling things like wheat to Commu- nist China" in the 1964 Council on Foreign Relations poll. X. r-sw-' XV <'X, sAv fclX v ......J. ctf-vuu t I I------L t i _.-_i rx XI HAMBURGER BUNS or HOT DOG BUNS Skylark Fresh Pkg. of 72 Mix or Match I -T1K CHARCOAL BRIQUETS Hi Country iOFT DRINKS y' Cragmont Assorted Flavours Regular and Low Calorie. Zip Top 10 fl. oz. tin SPECIAL We be closed Monday, July See our 4 page in Wednesday's Herald, June 27fh for big buys for the holiday weekend. Prices effec- five in Lethbidge June I Tin Deposit 9 for Don'f Miss These Money-Saving Buys! POTATO CHIPS 2 Party Pride, 4 flavours net wt. pkg. SWEET RELISH Also Hot Dog or Hamburger Relish Zippy or Town House 12 fl. oz. jar BEANS Taste Tells in T.S. ____ 28 fl. oz. tin LEMONADE Pink or Regular 6'4 fl. oz. tin WATERMELONS Red, ripe and juicy Whole Ib. PEACHES California Canada No. 1 Grade ROUND Full cut or Rump Roast, any cut, Canada Grade A Beef ORANGE JUICE Bel Air frozen concentrate 6% fl. oz. tin RAISIN BREAD Skylark fresh, sliced, white or brown 16-oz. net wt. loaf GROUND COFFEE Safeway All Purpose 1-lb. pkg. ICE CREAM Snow Star, 4 delicious flavours 6 qt. tub FRUIT JUICE 3 j 1 -00 Hawaiian 4ft fl. oz. tin GREEN ONIONS or RADISHES, BUNCH LETTUCE B.C. grown Canada No. 1 large heads 33 Frying Chicken rrr.rrv 59' Beef Roast 1 Wieners ,ms Smoked Hams Olympic, part skinned, ready to eat. Whole, half or quarter Ib. 1 Pinecrest Canada Grade A, frozen, 6-10 Ibs. Special, Ib. JUNIOR TURKEYS STRAWBERRIES California Pint Basket, 3.99 (Quart Basket, ea. 69c) We Reserve The Right To Limit Quantities. SAFEWjYj ;