Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Outer Mongolia. Hut that's minor. What seems to be doubt is that l.in 1'iao and his faction are politically dead. There is little1 question that Ihere has been a power struggle going on m China lictv.een the army and the in the hierarchy. It is im- portant to remember that the army in China has never confined itself to pnrclv mdilary activities. Military men have for many years partici- pated in political and bureaucratic affairs, in Ihe communes and in in- dustry The army played an indis- pensable part in bringing China out of the chaos of the cultural revolu- tion, not onlv as China's policemen but as a propaganda arm of govern- ment. Perhap.- the military men gained too much influence Chairman Mao has always said that the party must command the gun. The supposition now is that the military ignored this basic tenet of Mao thought and at- tempted b> reverse Ihe edict. The announcement of the forthcom- ing visit of President Nixon was prob- ably a catalyst in bringing matters to a liead. The army commanders are said to'have disliked the idea of clos- er association with Hie U.S. If it v.-ere a choice of making up with either the Soviets or the Americans, thcv would prefer the Soviets. 'JTie reason: there would be some hope of buying sophisticated weaponry from the Russians, but no chance that the l.'.S. would supply them. So l.in Piao, the brilliant soldier and veteran nf the Long March, is probably onl of the picture, a vic- tim of ambition or of his own lack- lustre political personality. We won't know until the Chinese are ready to tell us. All that can be said now is that there is a new breed on its way up in Peking. It is probably more out- ward looking. Hie world hopes that it is less belligerent too, even though the kick off at the UN did not indi- cate this. Ou credit curds and computers The Scots, contrary pop- ul.ir are, on the whole, a gen- erous people, but they are r.ot easily ca- joled or hauibfaizlod into sending money that doe.s wit belong to Iheni. It d.d rei come iis a sin-prise. Iherefore, U, mi- tliat mv bu.shar.d considered credit cards brain child of hoanless ma- ohincs. invented for the sole purjjoso of inaugiin.ling Ihe colnpiltcr age. Thus, on first shopping in Kdmnn- v.o bravely wilhslood suspicious glances when the question ''cash or cmlit'1'' was settled with money on the counter. ing found a to rent, a contract completed and by us and almost b> tile renl.d th.-ir represenlativc suddenly had second Ihoilgiii.s. "You will have to wait. Sir, Ma- :lam. till we verify your credit rating." After a my.-ldymg call said men- acingly: "You have no credit anywhere. Nothing is know n about you" our I suggested, lie threw up lll.s hands in horror: >ou hau- in the bank diK-s I f'.u.ir.inlee rcliahiliU. You .simply to star! credit accounts fur us to able to help you We lia'.e our rules in r.o.ada as, 1 am sure, must have in Soellard." We did nol tell him lhat, in the part of Sco'.l.md MC came from, a handshake was sli'l all that was required it, clinch a deal, but went off meekly to ivl into debt in o-.-dcr to acquire n roof over our heads. l.iuiig in a hotel, it was difficult to tbink of we MCI drd. We decided lo m- in the future and buy .some fiirnituie for a house ue did not asked store lo keep it till ue did Some K-ds and eh.ill-- wullld U- useful Al tile end of Ihe u.oillh v.e p.ml (ni the luin.aiio fully furnished. Wo now had a credit Our opportunity lo remedy this sad .situa- tion came when we were ponied. 1 ordered more furniture frr.m the mail order catalogue of a reputable firm, hopefully, to find it on arrival, in l.he new bouse we had already bought. It was (here alright, but turned out to be a Mirry linn badly finislvd missing knobs, mirrors broken in traii-sport and badly damatfc-fi calnnets. retunied broken pieces and complain- ed about the rest. No reply, but tin1 bills armed, even for items returned imir.e- diatfly. More Tellers In the firm merely invited repeated accuiMs and ever in- creasing, service charges I wrote to the compuier. Me did not, seem to speak my either but, v.a.s enough tn transfer my acctjunts (o brother computers in two other prov- inces, "llou does one then- nion- stei-sV I asked "You can't." tlrey said. '.ML! have tn attack ihe thai feed Ihein informatinn." There ecmes a lime v.Ix-n even the nio.si self reliar.i need help Hun Basford, irini.sler of con.siiiii'.'r affairs in Ottawa. will. in my eyes, remain a knii.'hl in shining arniitr. In despair. I par- eelli'd up unc .sided corres, jrtUdlenee and (mel.iplioncally sjreakinn i droppctl the baby on his rk.iir sti-p. Within a few days we received an ,'ipol- a on sub-stamianl and a r.mcelhlion of service charjles fmin the firm. Tlw vindictive computers made one la.'.t a'llempt to at. me: Tlie receipt for full ment o'nl.'iii'.ed MMAH-C flinibled uistend nf c.mcell.tl, Tliis lime I ju-1 Alsr.jH'rfd "hu'iiislry for eoiMimer at fairs" in Iheir and they bcrn heard of since. Americans and Russians to do business? The new si' if relations shapins this country and inns the most eseilirig pos'il-iliii .'-rise from Ihe new sel (i r.-laiiie.s sh.-ipinR up be- tween this country and the So- viet t'nion Apart from iin agreement to li.nit slrateljic weapons through the Two talks which are auain under way in Vienna, then- is a serious pros- pect tl-.at a number of major bu-ine.-s d-.-ds could lie. wrap- ped up v.hui President Nixon visits Moscow this spring. Sec- relarv of Conunerce Maurice KLans i Viet authorities. An estimated of copner would be minc'd annually. About half of that wtu'd Co to the S o v i e t I'nion: the other half to the United States. A second giant project in- volves exploitation of the exten- sive gas d( posits all over tha Soviet t'nion. The project under considera- tion calls for an of three to four dollars lo .lugmem Soviet production by ?W! million annually by the end of this decade-. About half of the iiicrcmrnt would go to meet Russian needs which aro expanding dramatically. The liquefied and carried in Epuc-ially-h u 111 ships, would come to the United States. A tl'ird big project involves feed grains, which are in short supply in Russia produced in abundance hero. The noent agreement lo sell SI-HI million worth of grain is considered only n lorcia.-.te of what is siliic. The favorite idea in the Commerce! Department now is for a long-term agreement that would fend say J'Tj'i million of American feed grains Htissia every year for the next ten years, A fourth candidate1 for a ma- jor has to elo with the last truck manufacturing complex the Russians are building on tire Kama river, about MI miles east of Moscow. A num- l.cr of small deals fur sales of American-made foundry equip- ment are already far ad- vanced. In addition, them is a plan for American firms to se: tin units on the Kama river for making component say truck tr.-.n.-misiions. which they could then me for tritek ['reduction in their Va.-t Ku- I'opean factories. To be sure, talk aboil! Kg deals with the Soviet Union been going on for years about tile same results as the talk about Eldorado in the HHh Hiiii'.cral commerce is a mere trickle' about ono- himdrcdth of one? per cent of A m eric a n r.r.tioMl product. Anel there are solid reasons on botii r-Xi fer tiie lack of eco- nomic activity. T h e Utirsians sul-ordinate trade to politics in a thorough- going way. Big orders were promised back in lira when (his country was considering recognition of ihe S'oviel regime, and then vanished as soon as recognition came The good neighbor The credits extended inV'.e Second World War under were lo satisfaction. There i-'s been no willingness to let A-i-.c-.'icaii comiiaities own then- pi Mil- as they do in most for- e-'.'-n coiinni.'s. or even to par- in j.iim ventures with SU--V :-.u'.l-. '-nies as they do in iscch O'niin.inist countries (is itrd Vugoslayia. en tiie American side there his 'beni an unwillingness to r'ci' H-i-ia as ever, a dimly partner. Credit fin' which is the of fiireii.'ii commerce., K-s extremely scarce, a-d r-c Kxport-Iinport Bank which v.a' ret up in 1934 to p-omcie trr.de with Russia rover sercul that purpose. Rus- sia has rot even been given the most-favered-rianrm treatment we-.-.M put hvr on an equal tariff other coun- i-i at least, harshness on trade Kis sefa-r.ed as the climate of detente has tin1 Assistant Commerce who been international a.-i.vs that there :ct in1 c-.'cn a beginning ol r.al until the Rus- sians are C'iven credit guaran- tees :-rA ir.ost favored nation The Involves the K-.i-sian Around Uie ar.d the state de- tr.e-e is continuing Russians are talk- tr.'.de to promote politi- from this coun- try. The cxnmerce depart- r'.cr.r. favorably im- press-H by recent conversa- U'ado minis- Alkliimov. is still r." ciear '.hal the Russians aro to American c-T.-ar Ar.d it is for tho exploring this latter Secretary Stans now Ms mission to Mos- cow. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Maurice. Gray report seen reflected in competition bill rv.TTAWA Tl-.o mystery of V> ihe. abbreviated iki'b f.rav have nrA it of C.'ii- Kum.n at lime is not likciy to be up in thf immediate future. If l.ne leak v.as deliberate, r.s sonv- observers barely susjx-cl, I ho niyslery is fur. in (hat event, .'t question of inin tive arises ar.d readers are free to assemble thc-ir ov.n si-t of multiple choice an.sv.'ers. But some facts, and prol> ably the more important ones, are not in dispute. Fii'M. there is notliii1.? about tho document. It U a con- densation of a ilrafl v. hieh. FI me point recently v.e (in mi! know v.'iis bi.'iriL; press- ed on government consid- eration. A pail ;it least of the Gray d c t. r i n e has dcmonstrably been accepted by cabinet. Attain and again in the report, one finds references to the ne'.v competition bill which thonsh not as fully as ministers like with control of foreign im'e.stment. While Mr. Rasford has said that he is open to changes of de-ail in tiie bill. !v hns made it very plain tbr.t he will not contemplale, any major legislative So the document includes pol- icy it. is not colermin- ou> v.'itii it. At hvjst tuo conclu.-iions may f.urly drawn from this. The first is that t.he cabinet group which locks with deep suspi- cion on outside capital new in- vestment that, vast discretionary .should be entrusted to a protec- tive agency. It nr.irht review, it might T.vu'-Ligate. it b'oc-k, it might bargain f'.r na- tional undrr- stood by the aiith.'-riiv ih's in very general Over many decades, t he- problem cf government--, fid- era 1 and provh'-ial. ha-; i to cr.tice cu'-.-ide ir.'.o this rcmr.try. it-port accejited. wouM I'-': than2ed, deference to the view i.; some irrr.Jster that. v. cur im- proved balance of n.er.U position. v.'iM w- no for iri'.vr.rd direct investment, at the next three or ff ;ii' y Cnnil K. Juiilin" (Clnrk. Iruill and Mil.. I" i. 'PHIS n n collection of arlidcs iih n u I ;irl ill pl'inutue societies. At 'cast olio o' I ho authors (.Margaret Mcarti is many of the others will undoubtedly lie f a mill a r only to nnlhroixil- opsis. Tlv Ixmk fienerally has nliout kind ol appeal I ho !l'.era--i- rcadr-r is I'.ol CoillC to iii-h i.ui ami buy it. alllioimh it i> no of more :han me ini'-n-st to professionals in the field. Tliis would Include iibolit tliese days. Assuming an reader rush out and buy it, what is ho fining to find0 I-'or one l.hinM, a certain amount of stuff about scientific methodology that will mean very i.ille, al- though it does vouch for the iuithor's accuracy. I'.eumd that, there is a cer- tain amount o( information that it interesting simply becaiiso of it.s novelty little known facts about African tribes, for Hut ovon Ihe average reader ii littlo determination) lw nblo to dig through ll'C'f and find at one or two arlicli-s are genuinely i n t e r e s I i n R and compre- hensible. At Ihe very least, he should encounter a Ihcorv or two about rt that will trigger some lliou.'jhls of Ins own about con- temporary esthetics. Margaret Mead's arliele on Work, Ix'i- suro and Creativity is a good example A word of warnini; even scientists, when they talk about art. lend to lose some of Iheir objectivity and make the kind of cMhelic value (udgnieiils ev- en individual feels it is his right lo make. 1IK.RB JOHNSON. Through The llorald iici Reifast's long list of fat.aiities is tiie result of rioting to Rrow early today, will) one vicliin beinK added to the J.'i already killed. tti.'H An organization of ll-.e Cardston Dehalini; loi.k place on Friday niRhl in Itich 1.. S. one of C a r d s I o n'.s biirri.sters was chairman. mil The question of ered- Ini! a Red I hit for Ihe use of the armed forces was discussed, as l.elhbridge Is now the "Yave ci litre" for somo half don-n training stations. ID.'.l Work on the new Susie Tiawden Sehonl is reaching Ihe final .sl.-.ges and Hie building may be ready for occupancy hy -Ian. 1. llnil Tenders will open on N'uv. for i lie planned addi- tion to the l.ethbridce Muncipal Hiispiia! which nili hinisc the C.-dt Schoci! of and lira hospital schools for lab techno. lopiM.s and X-ray technicians. The Letlibricfge Herald 504 7th St. S., Ixrthnririge, Alberta LETHBIUDGK HERALD CO. LTD, Propnotors and Publisher! Published lOd.T Hifvt, Hon. W. A. IHiCHANAN Srcnnd M.iM Rcq.stratlon No. C017 Menihrr nf Thn ann rnc C.innrtun Dally NFV Publishers' Awncifliion thf. '.'unlit of Clrcuiafion CLEO VJ. MOWERS, Editor Puhli-hnr TMOMAS M. JOE BAl LA ivil 1 HftY EiJit.ir ROY F. CODGI A.- V Ciliff.rini FMr.f Hdllor HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"