Business: Reds in India

From the copper mines of Sikkim to the oilfields of Assam, Russian traders and technicians traipsed through India last week, offering cut-rate rubles, big-brotherly advice and back-scratching barter deals. Czech engineers mapped roads in the mountainous north. East German technicians scouted sites for India's first raw film factory. In central Bhilai, Russian specialists supervised construction of a steel mill for which Russian moneymen had advanced some $100 million at 2½%, about half the interest rate proposed by Western lenders.

Socialist Sympathy. While Western businessmen watched with apprehension, the Soviet Union in less than two years has succeeded in penetrating virtually every key...

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