INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

SOVIETS APPROVE SHIFT

TO MARKET ECONOMYThe Soviet parliament approved plans Wednesday to transform the country's moribund economy into a market system and end the decades-old rigid structure of central planning.

The Supreme Soviet approved by wide margins the components of an outline for the transition, with the government of Prime Minister Nikolai Ryzhkov given a breathing space until September to come up with a detailed program.

Criticism by both radical and conservative members forced a re-examination and reworking of parts of the original plan by parliamentary commissions and committees.

WEST GERMANY AGREES

TO END BORDER CHECKS

BONN, West Germany - West Germany has agreed to scrap border controls with France and the Benelux countries of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, probably late next year, the Bonn government said Wednesday.

The Schengen accord, to be ratified by all five parliaments, is expected to take effect in late 1991, just over a year before the 12-nation European Community adopts similar moves as part of its plans for a single European market.

CHINESE STEEL OUTPUT

UP IN 5-MONTH PERIOD

BEIJING - China's steel production rose to 26.83 million metric tons in the first five months of this year, up 10.6 percent over the same period of 1989, the People's Daily said Wednesday.

The newspaper quoted officials of the Ministry of Metallurgical Industry as saying steel production was helped during the January- May period by a policy of giving the industry priority in supplies of raw materials and energy.