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July 18, 1958 - Image 2

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THlE MICHIGAN D~AILY

ishcheV Has Declared Economic War on U.S.

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By CHARLES STAFFORD
Associated Press Newsfeatures Writer
Three times at least, Russia's
Nikita S. Khrushchev has declared
war of a sort against the United
States.
The war he envisions is an eco-
nomic one, fought on production
charts with steel ingots, bags ofi
cement, washing machines and
beef on the hoof.. a war that
matches standards of living and
buying power.
With a new mantle of power
freshly laid on his burly shoulders,
Khrushchev told the Supreme
Soviet-last March 27:
"We shall conquer tapitalism
with a high level of work and a
higher standard of living "
Predicts USSR Victory
While taking stock of conditions
in once-rebellious Hungary, Khru-
shchev said at Szolnok last- April
7:
"Now there are only two coun-
tries that compete with one an-
other' economically, the Soviet
Union and the United States of
America. England, France, Ger-
many and the so-called advanced
capitalistic countries have been
left far behind." Soon ,he said, the
United States will be another also-
ran.~
rading toasts with foreign dip-
lomats, including U. S. Ambassa-
dor Llewellyn Thompson, lasts
April 21, Khrushchev said:
'"We will beat the capitalists,
but that doesn't mean killing any-
body." Russian production is in-
creasin gsteadily, he said, adding:
"Lok out, Mr. Thompson, we are
stepping on your tail."
Reds Evaluated
No one doubts the emergence of
Russia in recent years as a vigor-
ous competitor in the world mar-
ket place.
Recently, the National Indus-
trial Conference Board, Inc., set
out to weigh in the opponent by
answering this question: "Within
the limits of Itnown fact, what are
the dimensions of the Soviet's eco-
nomic strength and how does it
compare with that of the United
States?"
The Conference Board, a non-
profit cooperative which keeps a
finger on the pulse of business,
found:
Russia's 8,650,000 square miles
of land is sliced up pretty much
like a quartered blueberry pie:
37.4 per cent farm land, 28.6 per
cent forest, 19.4 per cent tundra
and desert and 24.6 per cent
urban, suburban and water. The

United States '3,022,000 square
miles is divided 64 per cent farm,
25.9 per cent forest and 10 per cent
urban, suburban and water.
More Farmers
Russia's civilian working force
is divided about equally between
farm folk and city workers. In the
United States only 7 per cent of
the adult population of working
age fArms while 62 per cent is
engaged in non-farm work. The
other 31 per cent doesn't work, or
is in the armed forces.
Russia has fewer workers em-
ployed in construction, govern-
ment, trade and services than the
United States, but leads in trans-
portation and industry.
Production-wise Khrushchev's
minions have their work cut out
for them. His coal miners produced
only 85.5 per cent as much coal in
1957 as those in the United States,
his woer workers only 29.3 per cent
as much electric power and his oil
field hands only 27.9 per cent as
much petroleum. Freight car pro-
duction was only 38.4 per cent of
that in the United States and
Russian automobile factories turn-
ed out only one truck for every
three in the United States.
V'.S. Advan~tages
A year earlier, Russia's lumber
production was only 86 per cent
of America's, cement 58 per cent,
steel 50 per cent and presses and
forging machines 85 per cent.
U' Regent
To Talk Todaiy
Officials-Say
University Regents will hold
their July meeting at 2 p.m. today
in the Administration Bldg.
In addition to grants and ap-
pointments, the Regents are also
expected to approve a major ap-
pointment and a construction con-
tract, according to University of$-
cials.
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