INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

POLAND PLANS TO APPLY

FOR EC MEMBERSHIPBRUSSELS, Belgium - Poland intends to apply for full membership in the European Community after it passes through an intermediate associate status, said Zbigniew Kamecki, a Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development official.

Such a move would be a logical follow-up to "the extensive economic reforms already under way in Poland," Mr. Kamecki told a Brussels conference on future East-West ties on Friday.

CZECH, EC OFFICIALS

INITIAL TRADE PACT

BRUSSELS, Belgium - European Community and Czechoslovak officials initialed a trade cooperation agreement, which is seen as leading to eventual Czechoslovakian membership in the community.

The pact calls for removal of all quantitative EC restrictions on Czechoslovakia's exports over five years and complements an earlier trade agreement that encouraged EC exports to Czechoslovakia.

S. KOREA OFFERS SOVIETS

CONSUMER INDUSTRIES

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean business leaders offered consumer industries to the Soviet Union in return for natural resources during trade talks that began in Seoul Friday.

Chung Ju-yung, the founder of the Hyundai conglomerate, told the Joint Conference of Korea-U.S.S.R. Businessmen that the complimentary structures of the two economies could rapidly promote trade and other cooperation.

CHINA LIFTS TRAVEL BARS

FOR POLITICALLY 'CORRECT'

BEIJING - China will ease rules on overseas travel by skilled workers but the move will apply only to those who are politically trustworthy, an official newspaper said Friday.

The Science and Technology Daily said the State Council (cabinet) had approved new regulations making it easier for skilled employees of state companies to make repeated trips abroad in an effort to speed China's technical development.