A survey of political causes underlying the current world pollution problem was outlined yesterday (Saturday) by Mr.
A survey of political causes underlying the current world pollution problem was outlined yesterday (Saturday) by Mr. Tang Ke, the chief delegate of the Chinese People's Republic to the United Nations Environment Conference is Stockholm.
Though he later went on to say that he believed it was within man's own ingenuity to overcome pollution he warned Western nations not to attempt to undermine the interests of developing countries on the pretext of protecting their environment.
In summing up the problem, he said that the worst dangers of pollution had been produced by the arms race and by imperialism.
SYNOPSIS: A major political row loomed at the United Nations environment conference in Stockholm on Saturday. The chief Chinese delegate, Mr Tang Ke, made bitter attack on imperialism as a chief source of the pollution problem:
Mr Tang, surveying the effect of contamination on earth, water resources and the atmosphere, said that every country in the world should be deeply concerned about the poisoning of the environment. But later in the speech he was to turn from the technical to the political causes of the environment crisis. He accused the Americans of using barbarous atrocities in South Vietnam, including toxic chemicals and poisonous gas. Great tracts of fertile land had been destroyed. He also mentioned recent American mine-laying operations to blockade North Vietnamese ports. The United States had already made it clear that it would firmly oppose any move to have the conference take up the subject of Indo-China. Mr Tang, however, declared that the conference should strongly condemn the Americans for their actions in Vietnam. In more general terms, Mr Tang blamed the environmental crisis largely on the arms race of the superpowers - a race that swallowed vast sums of money that might otherwise be used to improve the environment. On the problem of overpopulation, he said that there were at present seven-hundred million Chinese, over two-hundred million more than when the Communists came to power. Of all things in the world, he said that people were the most precious - and the increasing prosperity of the Chines nation proved his point. Summing up, Mr Tang said that the pollution problem was largely the result of the development of capitalism into imperialism, and of the policies of aggression carried out by the superpowers.