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A Balance of Powers: US-USSR Relations (Part IX) #81829

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 24, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(NYC) Trade relations between United States and USSR examined in detail; films shown. Events illustrating United States schizophrenic policy on trade with USSR reviewed. [Former undersecretary of treasurer Robert ROOSA, deputy assistant secretary of defense Stephen BRYEN - offer opposing views.] USSR 's economy problems described; argument for United States exploiting USSR 's economy needs outlined. [Former vice-chairperson of Control Data Robert SCHMIDT - explains pro-trade argument's relationship to arms control.] Richard Nixon's approach to detente and result recalled. Reagan administration's stance on using trade as weapon noted. [BRYEN - agrees on use of trade as political pressure.] United States economy reactions to Poland and Afghanistan mentioned; criticism of United States attitude noted illustrated by government's response to Soviet efforts to purchase out-dated weather computer for joint US-USSR project. Details given. [SCHMIDT - discusses incident.] [BRYEN - opposes any computer sales to USSR ; explains.] [Armco Incorporated vice president James GIFFEN - discusses lack of impact of Jimmy Carter's trade embargo following invasion of Afghanistan.] Other incidents in which United States companies have lost business to foreign competitors due to US government's trade policies towards Soviets discussed; criticism of policy by grain farmers such as Lee Fritz outlined. [FRITZ - cites need to rebuild United States government's credibility with farmers.] Recent grain agreement signed by Agriculture Secretary John Block recalled. [FRITZ - comments.] [Commerce undersecretary Lionel OLMER - claims sanctions were successful.] [GIFFEN - notes lack of USSR movement on human rights, Afghanistan, Poland issues.]
REPORTER: Dan Cordtz

(Studio) Part X and "20/20" announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Cordtz, Dan;
Robinson, Max

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