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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta October 10, 1974-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-17 jt 1 Welfare recipient takes ,000 Mexico holiday Interpreting the news China leaders' ills cast doubts on future Reports of ill health at the top of the power pyramid in China have unleashed a flood of predictions and worries about the direction which the Communist giant will take in the years immediately ahead. The accounts, some unconfirmed, serve to bring into focus the unnerving array of mutually-antagonistic groups and interests which seem bound to become in- volved in a struggle, peaceful or otherwise, for control of the teeming coun- try after the present generation of leaders is gone. It's certain that Prime Minister Chou En-lai is genuinely ill to the point of no longer being capable of carrying out the full duties of his office. And a'Ldndon newspaper has asserted that 81-year-old Mao Tse-tung, the all- powerful chairman of the Chinese Com- munist party, himself suffered a stroke 'last month which left him politically'dis- abled. Other sources cast doubt on this story. But it's inevitable that Mao is feeling the impact of his great age, if only to the ex- tent of having to move south for protracted periods of harsh Peking winter. What worries outsiders most is the ap- parently continuing, and even mounting power of the radical elements in Mao's en- tourage who do not share Chou En-lai's penchant for greater Chinese openness toward the world at large. Peking is already heavily committed to such a policy, putting on a vast display of official friendliness toward foreigners on the occasion of the Communist government's 25th anniversary earlier this month. More importantly, the Chinese have been assiduously strengthening their ties with non-Communist countries of Southeast Asia and the Pacific region. The Chinese initiatives have found responses in countries ranging from Malaysia to Australia. The Philippines were recently represented in the Peking friendship stakes by a much-publicized visit to China by the influential wife of the Philippine president. In a sense, China must pursue an outgo- ing policy if only to win backing foe itself in the continuing rivalry between Peking and the neighboring Communist colossus, the Soviet Union, and also between the Mao regime and India. But the overall policy remains under threat from radical elements apparently led by Chiang Ching, who is Mao's wife and 20 years his junior. The radical tendency is not only isolationist in foreign policy but also to press forward with revolutionary domestic programs which may have ef- fects similar to the upheavals caused by the so-called Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s. Even now, hostile commentators in the West see Ching Chiang building up her national influence through stratagems as simple as offering Chinese women the chance- to wear clothes more flattering to themselves than the drab .Mao-styled boiler suits they and their menfolk have made famous around the world. But the radicals will, on the death of the old leaders, find powerful enemies in the armed group so strong that Mao has already acted to curb its power. The Chinese defence department, for in- no longer administered by one man but by three. And there have been reports of transfers designed to shift powerful army marshals from regions where they may have built up excessive personal power to areas where they have none. One great source of apprehension to men like Chou is the possibility that the rival Soviets have established a lethal degree of influence within such circles as the' military, thus placing themselves in a position to neutralize the Chinese giant from within. But whatever the success of Moscow as far as internal subversion in' China is concerned, the chaos that would be caused by any untrammelled struggle for power between extreme leftwingers and more moderate forces after the disappearance of the Mao-Chou generation would in itself be sufficient to place China virtually at Moscow's development that Mao, for one, would loathe. SSftfcBSS Soviet leader urges end to discriminating tariffs MOSCOW (Renter) Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev Tuesday urged an end to dis- criminatory tariffs against Soviet goods in the United States and warned that United States Soviet trade ties might be banned unless the restrictions wre lifted. Speaking to a group of top gave no indication that the Kremlin had agreed to any compromise to obtain most favored nation trade status from the U.S. U.S. senators; amendment ministration's trade bill, ors sponsoring an to toe Ford ad- which would grant the trade status to the Soviets', have reported imminent agreement to let the bill through because they have received assurances from the administration of freer emigration for Soviet Jews. jected congressional efforts to tie trade liberalization to an easing of. Moscow's restric- tions on Jewish emigration. He characteriaed soch ef- forts as "irrelevant and un- acceptable" attempts to interfere in Soviet affairs. Brezhnev's speech, made at a dinner marking the opening of a session of tbe U.S.-Soviet Trade and Economic Council, Canada, UN work out troops payment aceord OTTAWA (CP) Canada has agreed to a formula under which the United Nations will pay about a month for maintenance of Canadian troops in the UN Emergency Force (UNEF) in the Middle STILL SELLING FOR LESS STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314MSLS. PIMM 327-3024 East The formula is 9500 a month for each ordinary soldier and for each specialist As most of the Canadians in UNEF are specialists toe 1650 generally will apply. UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim said in a report be win need 940 million to finance UNEF for Use six months ending next April, 1 33-per-cent increase in the million budgeted for the previous half-year. Canadian officials say they played a low-key role in negotiations mat led to the formula. They add they would hare been satisfied with a for- mula that paid an average of per Canadian in UNEF. Giant sculpture? Huge cylindrical objects are silhouetted on the skyHne at Tampa, Fla. What appears to be giant sculpture is really rows of reinforcing steel used in construction of concrete culverts. In the back- ground are tall cranes of a shipyard. VANCOUVER (CP) A British Columbia man who took an vacation while on government assistance earlier this year, will continue to collect welfare payments, says Human Resources Minister Norm Levi. B.C. is legally bound to keep up the payments despite the "unfortunate" Mexico vacation, Mr. Levi said Satur- day. Mr. Levi said "it is a terri- ble thing" that J. Angus Philip of North Vancouver spent a damage settlement on a holiday instead of using it to repay 19 months of welfare payments as he had agreed to do when he on govern- ment assistance. But Mr. Levi said Mr. Philip has a wife and four children "and we cannot abandon them. "We are legally obliged to provide welfare as the father is not working." Mr. Philip signed a repay- ment agreement after being disabled in a car accident in October, 1972. But a section of the federal government's Canada Assistance Plan forbids any such assignments of welfare payments. "There's not much we can Mr. Levi said. Mr. Philip said he signed the repayment agreement because told his lawyer there was no other way of getting benefits. After collecting about 000 in welfare over a year and a half, Mr. Philip finally got the damage-settlement from the car accident in June of this year. He said he took his wife and two of the children on a vaca- tion in Mexico and spent the rest of the money on debts. Mr. Philip reapplied for welfare in early September but North Vancouver Mayor Tom Reid refused to sign any of his checks. Mr. Philip then went to Vic- toria officials and last week received his first regular payment, a check for 6 Aid program needed for beef producers' Part-time gov't help can qualify for UIC benefits OTTAWA (CP) Keypunch operators and other tem- porary workers helping the federal government to process 1974 income tax returns'can seek unemployment insurance benefits when their jobs have ended, an Unemployment In- surance Commission official said Tuesday. A commission official said unemployment insurance payments are made to persons who have been employed for at least eight weeks, are capable of working and available for jobs and are will- ing to accept suitable employment. The revenue department ex- pects to hire about Ot- tawa area persons for up to. five months this winter to work at the taxation data centre.-These include about 000 persons to bev trained as keypunch operators and up to others to check figures and to sort tax returns. They will be paid govern- ment scale wages, which average about a month for inexperienced keypunch operators. The UIC official said benefits of up to two-thirds of an applicant's weekly salary to a salary maximum of a' week could be paid to tem- ,porary government employees wishing to continue working but unable to find jobs. OTTAWA (CP) Many small beef producers will go out of business in the next two weeks unless Ottawa provides a crash economic aid program, Lome Nystrom (NDP Yorkton-Melville) said in the Commons Tuesday. Mr. Nystrom asked Prime Minister Trudeau if the government plans to act on a request from the four western premiers for federal aid "in view of the fact that if something is not done almost immediately, thousands may go out of business, resulting in higher prices for consumers." Mr. Trudeau replied that all proposals from the recent western premiers conference are being considered, but there were -no immediate plans to help beef producers. "There is really no an- nouncement I can make this morning beyond saying that the matter is being considered in the prime minister said. Mr. Nystrom criticized the government, saying: "I don't think the producers of this country will tolerate that type of answer. "If something is not done, many producers will be going out of business within the next two Jack Homer foot) also referred to uncer- tainty in the cattle industry and asked Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan if he is "prepared to go to the United States to discuss the on again-off again quota on im- ports and embargos between Canada and the U.S. so the market might know what is going to happen between these two countries." Mr. Whelan said Canadian representatives were at a meeting of beef-producing countries in Washington Mon- day. "As far as our quota program is concerned, it is set for a year. We do not know what the U.S. is going to do." Mr. Whelan said the U.S. passed a law 12 years ago "which allowed them to hold hearings concerning the ex- ports of any country that in- duced controls that are liable to hurt Americans." R.A. HOSACK Mechanic DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC StS. Ph. 327-7244 Lembrkige Time for Mac Munchws OT IWWOTOp B.C. MdfltOam MUNCHlN1 TIME to enjoy the orcherd-fresh goodness munch efter munch after munch. Mac Munchers love the crisp, white flesh and juicy, sweet flavour of B.C. Mclntosh apples as instant desserts.. .in lunchboxes.. .as between meal snacks... as after school treats... and in all their favourite home- made apple desserts, too. far special harvest time savings buy your new-crop Macs hi the family-size B.C. Handi-Pak box. WE7T MUNCfH Write for our new ccfourful 16 page apple nedpe booklet: Send m cow wfch your name and address to: B.C. Tree Fruits Ltd., DeptW.Ke4owna.BC ;