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The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 14, 1978-Page 7
China cuts off all aid to Albania

TOKYO (AP) - China announced
yesterday it was cutting off all
economic and military assistance to
Albania because of the tiny communist
nation's "anti-China course."
The Chinese said their help had
amounted to about $5 billion over 24
years.
Early last week, China announced it
was stopping aid to its former ally and
neighbor, Vietnam. Peking accused
Vietnam of persecuting ethnic Chinese
and cementing ties with China's major
foe, the Soviet Union.
China said it was also recalling
Chinese economic and military experts
from Albania, at one time one of
China's closest friends and ideological
partners.
THE CHINESE said they had sent
6,000 experts to Albania over the years
on numerous aid projects.
The Chinese announcement was
reported by the official Chinese news
agency Hsinshua, monitored here.
Hsinshua broadcast the full text of
China's note of July 7, informing,
Albania of the cutoff.
A report from the Albanian offical
news agency monitored in Belgrade
condemned the move, calling it
"unilateral and arbitrary."
One Western diplomat in Belgrade,
assigned to both Yugoslavia and
Albania, predicted that the rift between
tha two nations could lead to a complete
break and an independent ideological
course for Albania.
THE DIPLOMAT, who declined to be
named, said Albania most probably
wouldn't return to the Soviet camp, sin-

ce the Albanians had severed relations
with the Soviet Union in 1961 and later
with the Warsaw Pact to protest the
Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
If Albania remains isolated from
China, the Albanians have no alter-
native but to pursue their own com-
munist line, the diplomat said.
Chinese-Albanian relations began to
sour when China started improving its
ties with non-aligned and Western
nations, a move the conservative
Albanians frowned upon.
We delivered 1.8 million tons of food
grain to you when our own food supplies
were inadequate. We provided you with
more than a million tons of steel

products when there was not enough
steel to meet our own needs. We sup-
plied you with more than tractors
when the level of mechanization of our
agriculture is still quite low, relying as
we do mainly on manpower and
draught animals ...
"WE PROVIDED your armed forces
with new China-made tanks and inter-
ceptors even before our own armed for-
ces were equipped with them," the
Chinese note said.
It added that "the Chinese people can
say with equanimity that they scrimped
on food and clothing and tried their best
to aid Albania in the spirit of

proletarian internationalism."
Albania's official ATA news agency
said, "With this unilateral and ar-
bitrary move, the Chinese government
consciously has undertaken a step
which will make difficult relations bet-
ween the two countries, with the aim to
harm socialist Albania and its defense
abilities."
Knowledgeable sources in Belgrade
who monitor Albanian activities said
the Chinese move would seriously af-
fect some branches of Albania's
economy, possibly forcing it to open
trade with neighbors and some Western
countries.

FBI using newspeople as informers

NWASHINGTON (AP)-Four individuals who work for
news organizations are informers for the FBI, a bureau of-
ficial said yesterday.
But Edwin Sharp, head of the FBI's organized crime sec-
tion, refused to say if the informers were paid by the FBI or
how long they have been working for the agency.
Sharp provided a partial identification of two of the in-
formers Wednesday to a Senate committee looking into
proposed guidelines for FBI conduct.
SHARP SAID ONE of the informers was a television
reporter and a second worked in the classified advertising
section of a newspaper. He did not identify the other two at
all.
Homer Boynton, an FBI spokesman, said the FBI's policy
is to accept information from representatives of the news
media in criminal investigations and matters of national
security.
Boynton said some have been helpful in providing infor-
mation on alleged white-collar crime and official corrup-
tion, but he would not elaborate.

BOYNTON SAID the FBI does not solicit information
from members of the news media.
Both Sharp and Boynton said the use of news media em-
ployees did not suggest that the FBI was trying to influence
editorial policy of news organizations.
Boynton drew a distinction between the FBI's use of news
media informanants for criminal investigations and the
alleged activities of the CIA in using news media employees
abroad to present CIA views.
"All we want is information in the criminal filed or in
matters of domestic security," Boynton said.
HE ADDED THAT the motives of media representatives
in giving information to the FBI were generally patriotism
and good citizenship, but he said he did not know if any of
the four lwho have provided information have been paid.
Last March, FBI director William Webster told a House
appropriations subcommittee that "the FBI operates no in-
formants who are journalists ina manner so as to affect the
editorial policy of practice of the medium by which they are
employed."

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