Trading with Communist Nations

Archive Report

New Interest in East-West Trade

Trade Factors in Nixon's Trips to China, Russia

Slowly, over the Past year, a strong push has developed for opening up large-scale commercial contacts with Communist nations. The major thrust emanates from the Commerce Department and the business community. Another body of opinion, centered in Congress and organized labor, wants nothing whatever to do with the Communists. The pros and cons are likely to be threshed out in this election year. There already are indications that trade with China, Russia and Eastern Europe will become a presidential campaign issue. Mayor Sam Yorty of Los Angeles, a Democratic presidential hopeful, already has argued strongly against any lowering of the barriers against East-West trade.

The administration's viewpoint is clear. President Nixon's scheduled visits to ...

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