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12 Gotesburg Register-Mai!, (felesbute, III, Monday, Mdy 7, 1973 A Trip to China? Stature, Position Are Requirements By LUCINDA L. FRANKS NEW YORK (UPI) - If you want to travel to the People's Republic of China these days, you have to be a person of stature and position—a heart surgeon or a scientist, an actress or a corporation executive. The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa is flooded with thousands of requests for travel visas from Americans every month and only a fraction of those are granted. The practice of Chinese officials has been to Usually reject applications from individual tourists and accept professional groups who have specialized knowledge or experience to offer the newly emerging nation. "ft will be a while before China can open its door to ordinary tourism. They aren't ready for high doses of visitors.! They simply don't have the facilities," said Jan Barris, spokeswoman for the National Committee on U.S.-China relations. "For now, the people who are going to China are the ones whom the Chinese feel can best give something to them as well as.learn from them," she said. Lately, a number of well- known public figures with entourages have set off for the People's Republic. Actor Howard da Silva, authors Susan Sontag and Ring Lardner Jr., actress-politician Shirley Mac- Laine, were the most recent travelers. Miss MacLaine, who left April 16 heading a delegation of 12 women, said she scoured America for several months to meet the request of her Peking hosts who asked her to bring a group of American women "peasants and workers." The group includes a black Missis sippi civil rights worker, Navajo Indian, a middle-aged conservative Republican, and a 12-year-old McGovern organizer. The number of American cultural, scientific and trade groups allowed into China has sharply increased the last two months as a result of the general agreement on increased exchanges which presidential adviser Henry Kissinger signed with Chinese officials in Peking in February. The type of American invited to China has changed. A group of high school student leaders, including blacks and Puerto a Ricans, from Chicago Will tour China next month, and there are plans for basketball and swimming teams to visit this summer. Former Atomic -Energy Commission chief Dr. Glen Seaborg and George Harrar, president emeitus of the Rockefeller Foundation, will join other U.S. scientists in exchanging information with their counterparts in Peking under the auspices of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China. A team of heart specialists left for Peking last month for a 14-day lecture tour of China. Human 'Lab 9 to Raft Atlantic—Stress Test LAS PALMAS, Spain (UPI) — Thirteen human guinea pigs enjoyed their last hours of privacy today before setting out on a three-month voyage that will make all of their actions and words public. MOTHER'S DAY Give The Best! Give W&L^ T" NORTH SIDE DRUG 1170 No. Seminary St 342-118J The volunteers will leave Tuesday aboard a large raft to drift across the Atlantic in an experiment devised by Mexican [anthropologist Santiago Genoves. "The space around us will be so vast and our own craft so small that no one will be able to say or do anything without the rest being able to see or hear," said Genoves. If all goes well, he said Sunday, they will land at Yucatan, Mexico. "We are still busy preparing food, getting the equipment ready and loading the raft," Genoves said. "We hope to get away Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest." Genoves* purpose in putting HEARING AIDS RENT BEFORE vov BUY SEE WITTE HEARING AIDCENTER 45 SO. 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"But the extremely low snowpack on the city's two watersheds combined with a dry summer could put the city's water supply in a critical condition." escape, is out," said Genoves, who twice took part in explorer Thor Heyerdahl's Ha 1 and Ra II raft Atlantic crossings. The raft, called Alcali—Aztec- Indian for "the house on the water"—will be towed out to sea by tugboat to catch the northern equatorial current and the trade winds that.will take it towards the Americas under its Swedish skipper, 30- year-old Maria Bjornstam. "If anything goes wrong, it won't be the craft, it will be the people. Alcali is very sound nautically," said George Saunders, a British naval reserve who was part of the original crew. He pulled out when ruled unfit fay doctors. The crew has spent two weeks in Las Palmas preparing themselves physically and psychologically, testing the raft and getting used to each other. Delegations of American busi ness executives currently are sharing information and negotiating with trade officials in Canton at China's twice-yearly trade fair. Chinese professional groups also will begin coming to the United States in greater numbers. So far there have been only four main groups—the Chinese table tennis team, a group of physicians last fall, a scientific delegation in December, and the Shenyang acrobatic group in January. In the next few months alone there will be visits from delegations of Chinese water conservation experts, news media executives, gymnasts, high energy physicists, and insect hormone scientists. VACATION SPECIAL AUTO LOAN No installment payments for 90 days! Finonct charges apply from daft of iiiue. We want you to have fun this summer! First National lint Galrskuri National Bank * Trust / Kitahlishtd ISM / Memtxr F.D.I.C. 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