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Haig sent to
WASHINGTON (AP)-Secretary of making big-ticket military s
State Alexander Haig Jr. embarks Taiwan."
tonight on a two-week Asian tour that WHILE A decision to denyTi
will include the first visit to China by a request for the sophisticated a
high-level official of the Reagan ad- known as the FX, hasn't been m
ministration. Possible U.S. arms sales ficially, State Department sourc
to China may be discussed. didn't want to be identified s
Haig's overall aim in Peking, accor- strategy is simply not to act on it
ding to a senior State Department of- In effect, it's a decision not to
ficial, will be to convey assurances that and one department officials
the administration wants to expand would be surprised if anything
relations with China, notwithstanding within a year, at least. H
President Reagan's strong support for Secretary Haig and others in th
Taiwan in the past. tment bureaucracy would argu
THE TRIP, said the official, will be st it.
"a public demonstration of our inten-
tion fto improve and advance our
relationships with the, People's
Republic of China."
Haig will be prepared to discuss
limited arms sales to China on the trip,
which also will take him to Hong Kong,
Manila and Wellington, New Zealandy
for regional security conferences.
The administration already has
decided to ease restrictions on sales ofg
defense-related technology to China.
Haig may offer trade in limited amoun-
ts of equipment with dual civilian and
military uses, such as computers,,
radar and transport planes, said the of-
ficial, who was interviewed on the con-
dition he not be identified.
ANY DECISION to sell arms to
China, the official said, would be a
cleared with Congress and U.S. allies.
No matter what arms China might ... may discuss arms sales
want to buy, said the official, the total Another official didn't rulec
probably will be small. "I don't sense a tirely, however, that "risk-tak
huge appetite in Peking for a high level the White House might try
of armaments," he said. Reagan's ear for a favorable d
Meanwhile, the administration is for Taiwan sooner, but he<
stalling on Taiwan's request for high- nothing would happen in th
performance jets, out of concern that future.
the sale could disrupt relations with the The situation for the moment c
People's Republic of China. strates that the Reagan administ
One key official said the level of ten- like its immediate predecessors,
sion between China and Taiwan "is at the relationship with mainland
an all-time low and getting lower" and too much to risk jeopardizing itb
there is- not any "convincing military of a sentimental attachment
justification for great urgency in Taiwan government.
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Atlanta investigators may be
close to finding one killer
ATLANTA-Investigators are "working desperately" to find solid infor-
mation to support circumstantial evidence tying Wayne Williams to the
slayings of some of Atlanta's young blacks and have a witness who may
provide such a break, it was reported yesterday.
A source close to the investigation said police detectives Monday night and
early yesterday questioned a man who "came forward" to connect Williams
with Joseph Bell, one of 28 yound blacks slain in the past 22 months.
The report was confirmed by several police department sources.
The witness said he saw Williams, a 23-year-old free-lance photographer
questioned for 12 hours by FBI agents last week, with the 15-year-old two
days before Bell vanished March 2. His body was found in the South River
Game show host
Allen Ludden dies
sonality Allen Ludden, who baf-
fled hundreds of celebrities as
host of the long-running
"Password" game show, died
Tuesday of complications from
cancer and a stroke suffered last
Octob1r. He was 63.
Ludden's wife, Betty White,
was at her husband's bedside at
Good Samaritan Hospital in Los
Angeles when he died at 1:30 a.m.
PDT, a family spokesman said.
The spokesman said Ludden
had suffered from cancer for
many months and was struck
down by a "stroke-like medical
problem caused by steroid
treatment for the cancer."
As host and moderator of such
game shows as "GE College
Bowl," "Password" and "The Liar's Club," Ludden was a popular figure on
flational television and a prominent member of Hollywood s social scene.
Solar plane makes debut
PARIS-The American team behind the only human-powered flight across
the English Channel unveiled the first solar-powered airplane yesterday and
said they hoped it would make the same crossing.
The Solar Challenger, on exhibit at the Paris Air Show, is driven by
the sun's energy. It is powered by.more than 16,000 solar cells on moveable
panels atop the wings and has no batteries or other energy storage.
The glider-like plane weighs 217 pounds, has reached an altitude of more
than 14,000 feet and has a speed of 42 miles per hour in test flights in the
The inventor of the craft, Dr. Paul MacCready, said there is no "im-
mediate, practical or commercial uses for such a plane" but that the plan-
ned Channel crossing later this month is intended to "prove how far you can
go in improving the efficiency and energy conservation potential if you com-
bine imagination with modern, superlight materials."
Coal miners picket
Angry mine construction workers picketed the soft-coal fields yesterday,
keeping thousands of miners off work and closing pits in at least five states.
The workers, bitter over the return to work of their United Mine Workers'
colleagues while no construction contract was reached, moved miners to
honor picket lines on the second day of work since the UMW ended a 72-day
Negotiators for the union's roughly 11,000 construction workers left
Washington, D.C., yesterday afternoon after talks with the Associated
Bituminous Contractors broke down, said Clarence George, secretary of
UMW Construction Local 1582 in West Virginia. There was no immediate
word on when talks would resume.
UMW miners had returned to work without incident Monday, under the
160,000-member union's new asgreement with the Bituminous Coal
Operators Association. But thousands of miners refused to work yesterday
when confronted by construction pickets at mine entrances.
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