The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 19, 1986 - Page 3
Expert optimistic on Hong Kong
By LESLIE ERINGAARD
The former U.S. Consul General
to Hong Kong said yesterday that
the 1984 British-Chinese agreement
on Hong Kong is a symbolic
reunification of East and West that
will succeed as long as China
continues to encourage economic
Speaking to a crowd of about 30
in Lane Hall, Burt Levin, the U.S.
Ambassador-Designate to Rangoon,
spoke of the agreements which will
give the Chinese sovereignty over
Hong Kong in 1997 as long as it
remains capitalist and is governed
by the people of Hong Kong.
THERE are still underlying
uncertainties, he added - namely,
the ups and downs of politics.
"What happens after the death of
(Chinese leader) Deng Xiaoping?"
he asked. Overall, however, Levin
said he is "optimistic that the goal
of economic development
i overall...will take priority over
everything else" and safeguard the
new system. The Chinese were
scarred by the Cultural Revolution,
he added, and they won't forget it.
"Even during the height of the
Cultural Revolution, the most
radical phase of Chinese history,
the Chinese left Hong Kong
untouched," Levin said. "Despite
the humiliation of having lost their
territories, the Chinese could have
snapped them up any time during
the past 30 years."
LEVIN stressed that there was
no way the British could have
defended Hong Kong militarily, and
added that Hong Kong is valuable
to the Chinese economically and for
contact and exchange with other
countries - even more so now
because China is becoming more
interested in economic
Because of the coming
expiration date of the lease for the
New Territories, the British had
pressed for negotiations for years to
protect their growing investments
in parts of China.
In October 1982, British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher traveled
to the People's Republic of China
to begin negotiations under the
assumption that the former treaties
were valid, but the Chinese
government felt that the treaties
were invalid because they were
forced on the Chinese people.
reached a stalemate. The tension
between the countries and a
growing recession in the United
States prompted an mini-economic
crisis in Hong Kong, and many
Chinese expressed doubts about the
future of Hong Kong.
In 1983, the British and Chinese
governments resumed negotiations,
and in July of that year the
stalemate began to break. In July,
Thatcher sent the Chinese
Government a letter which stated
that the British would give up
sovereignty over the island if they
could continue to administer it.
Two months later, the Hong
Kong dollar dropped tremendously,
and the people of Hong Kong
panicked. Britain restated that it
would be willing to continue
administration of Hong Kong, and
the Chinese government assented.
IN ADDITION to the new
agreement, the British authorities
wanted to institute a system of
checks and balances in Hong Kong.
This political reform was looked on
with suspicion by power circles in
Hong Kong as they feared that the
British would be able to pick who
they wanted in office and make sure
that person was elected.
Levin said that "fat-cat"
capitalists - who wanted
"untrammeled free enterprise" -
and Chinese Communists united in
opposition to the proposed political
reforms. The reforms were discussed
and negotiated in smoke-filled
rooms for years.
"Now things are okay," said
Levin. The population of Hong
Kong was receptive to the British
propositions, he said, because
average workers saw that they are
better off now than they were 10
Police attempt to move members of the "Peace March" Monday mor-
ning. Some members were arrested attempting to lock the entrance to the
Energy Department in Washington.
By WENDY SHARP
Tom Butts, the University's
Washington lobbyist, told the
lMichigan Student Assembly last
night that it can be an effective
lobbying organization to improve
"There are things going on. They
are going to affect you, and there are
things you can do about it," Butts
The proposed 1988 federal budget
0will be discussed in January, and
Congress likes to hear a student
perspective, he said.
BUTTS NAMED two issues
doming up in which should have
student input: tuition benefits for
teaching assistants, which will expire
in one year, and a new provision
requiring students to pay taxes on
grants that aren't applied to their
"When something is out of line,
say something about it. Let it be
heard 500 miles away," Butts said.
"Students do make an impression."
John Gaber, vice chair of MS A's
External Relations Committee, said
this year's assembly is "organizing
and planning our strategy for
January." Gaber said MSA may
announce its lobbying plans in a
joint press release with the
University administration and the
Michigan Collegiate Coalition, the
state student government
MSA members hope to testify at
the state and federal level about their
4 to lobby in P.C.
personal experiences with financial
aid, he said.
In other business, MSA passed a
resolution demanding that the city
require the Housing Inspection
Bureau to enforce the city's housing
"THE CITY housing code is
necessary to protect the health,
safety, and welfare of tenants, as well
as the preserve the Ann Arbor City
housing stock," the resolution said.
The housing bureau has been
ineffective in enforcing the housing
code, especially in student areas,
according to the resolution.
MSA will present this resolution
at the Ann Arbor City Council
meeting on Monday.
The assembly also passed a
resolution condemning a statement
made by U.S. Undersecretary of
Defense Donald Hicks. Hicks was
quoted in Science magazine a few
months ago as saying that the
Reagan administration does not have
to fund professors who oppose
Strategic Defense Initiative research.
The assembly demanded Hicks'
resignation and urged the Reagan
Administration to "cease this policy
of academic harassment and
censorship." The resolution is
relevant because because it affects the
University community, said MSA
representative Rebecca Felton.
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The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von;
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DETROIT (AP)-Business is
booming at the state's 22 health
maintenance organizations (HMO),
whose 1.3 million members are
triple the number of four years ago,
and officials predicted yesterday the
rapid growth would continue.
Behind the boom, they said, is
the rapid rise in health care costs,
which has sent employers and the
general public scrambling for
alternatives to traditional health.
"HMOs stress cost containment,
and we're in an era of cost
containment," said Eugene Farnum,
executive director of the Michigan
Association of HMOs.
THE STATE'S HMOs,
which now cover 14 to 15 percent
of all those with health insurance,
will cover 20 percent by 1990,
"We believe managed health care
systems will continue to grow and
may approach 50 percent," said Dr.
David Siegel, medical director of
the Detroit-based Health Alliance
Plan, the state's oldest and largest
HMOs, unlike traditional health
insurance plans, provide medical
care directly through clinics,
hospitals, and individual
physicians. The providers are paid a
fixed amount per patient, rather
than for each service they render.
Because they remove the
financial incentive to treat patients
more than necessary, HMOs have
significantly lower rates of
hospitalization than traditional
In the past 10 years, HMO
enrollment in Michigan has
than 800 percent.
DALLAS (AP)-Tiny balloons
have been used for the first time to
open dangerously narrowed heart
valves in a procedure that costs one-
third as much as surgery and could,
help an estimated 50,000
Americans annually, doctors said
The procedure, which was first
tried only last year and has already
spread to at least 15 medical centers
in the United States, has proven
effective in patients who were too
old or too sick to undergo valve-
Grossman warned, however, that.
the procedure is still experimental.
"There have been deaths and
there will be more," he said.
In the procedure, a wire is
inserted into a vein in the leg and is
threaded into the heart, under the
guidance of X-ray images of the
blood vessels. A balloon is then
threaded along the wire until it is.
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