The 1970 Leipzing Autumn Trade Fair opened today (Sunday) with some 6,500 exhibitors from 55 countries in and out of the Soviet bloc.
CU EXT Fair (2 shots)
SV Prime Minister Stoph out of car and greeted by officials and into building (3 shots)
SV Machinery stand
MV & SV Cars including Mercedes and Fiat (3 shots)
GV Lorries (2 shots)
MV People walking round stands.
GV & SV Boat stand and boats and engines (3 shots)
MV & CU Medical stand (2 shots)
MV Diving equipment
MV Part of medical stand (2 shots)
LV Soviet pavilion.
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Background: The 1970 Leipzing Autumn Trade Fair opened today (Sunday) with some 6,500 exhibitors from 55 countries in and out of the Soviet bloc. East German Prime Minister Willi Stoph opened the fair, which features a wide range of industries from chemical and automobile to medical equipment and leisure goods.
At a preview of the fair yesterday (Saturday), East German Foreign Economy Minister Horst Soelle said there were sings of a change of attitude in some capitalist countries towards trading with East Germany. For example, French and Austrian trade offices had recently been established in East Berlin.
Herr Soelle said that while economic relations between East Germany and the majority of Western countries were still far from normal, the country's trade with the capitalist world had grown eight times since 1949.
The prominence given in Herr Soelle's speech to trade with the Soviet Union--East Germany's biggest trading partner--hinted at East Germany's anxiety over the West German-Soviet non-aggression treaty singed this month. Trade will undoubtedly play an important role in the new pact.
The giant West German Daimler-Benz concern in reportedly planning to build a huge lorry plant in the Soviet Union. At present, East Germany supplies almost 20 per cent of the Soviet Union's machinery needs.