Trading with Communists

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Controversy Over Trade with Communists

A strong attack by the Democratic majority of a Senate subcommittee, July 18, on the Eisenhower administration's handling of international controls over trade with Communist countries underlined the explosive political nature of the problem of adjusting national commercial needs to the demands of free world security. Whether and at what point long-term security precautions should outweigh immediate economic advantages of trading with the Reds is hard to determine. The difficulty is multiplied when, as in the present case, the varying interests of a large number of countries are involved. The United States, through the leverage of foreign aid, has been put in position to exert strong influence over the commerce of other countries of the free world with Soviet Russia, ...

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