Great Britain: Cash Considerations

When Britain sold six Viscount turbo prop planes to Peking last month, one official said wryly: "We've sent six Viscounts to Communist China—seven if you count Lord Montgomery.''* But to the U.S. it was no joke. "We are not very happy about that sale." said Secretary of State Dean Rusk. The Treasury Department told the International Telephone & Telegraph Corp. that it would withhold a U.S. license permitting its British subsidiary to supply British-made navigational gear for the Viscounts.

Last week Britain brushed aside U.S. protests. Said an official spokesman: "This sale will go forward." As for the navigational equipment,...

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