INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Vietnam Rulers Admit

Economic Gains SlowBANGKOK, Thailand - Vietnam's Communist Party has admitted that no quick socio-economic progress has been made despite major efforts to reform the country's ailing economy, says a party document made available Thursday.

An editorial in the February issue of the party's journal, Tap Chi Cong San, described the results of Vietnam's 1986-87 socio-economic plan as poor.

The article stressed that efforts should be focused on increased food and commodity production and greater labor output and general economic efficiency.

Hong Kong to Get

Constitution Draft

HONG KONG - The first draft of the mini-constitution for post-colonial Hong Kong is tentatively scheduled for publication on April 28, an official said Thursday.

The 58-member basic law drafting committee, comprised of 35 mainland Chinese and 23 Hong Kong residents, will meet April 26-28 to put the final touches on the draft, she said.

The basic law will provide the legal framework to carry out the 1984 Sino- British agreement under which China regains control of Hong Kong in 1997. In the agreement, China promises a high degree of autonomy and 50 years of continued capitalism for the territory.

Japanese Drank

More Beer in '87

TOKYO - Thirsty Japanese drank a record 5.36 million kiloliters of beer last year, up 7.5 percent from 1986, the government reported Thursday.

The national tax administration agency said beer accounted for 67.1 percent of Japan's total consumption of alcoholic beverages in 1987. It said consumption of sake - Japanese rice wine - rose by 1.7 percent to 1.424 million kiloliters, while shochu, or poor quality distilled spirits, fell by 3.4 percent to 578,042 kiloliters.

S. Korea's Roh Pledges

To Upgrade Economy

SEOUL, South Korea - President Roh Tae Woo pledged Thursday to upgrade South Korea's economy to the level of developed countries by increasing the nation's annual per capita income to about US$10,000 in a decade.

Mr. Roh, in his first news conference since he took office Feb. 25, outlined a stable, vigorous economy and said the government's economic policy would focus on a fair share for workers.