The Chinese Vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping (Deng Xiaoping) got a glimpse of some of the United States' most advanced technology when he visited the headquarters of the space programme.
The Chinese Vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping (Deng Xiaoping) got a glimpse of some of the United States' most advanced technology when he visited the headquarters of the space programme. Technological aspects of his nine-day U.S. visit have interested Mr. Teng most. He said on arrival in Houston that he welcomed the opportunity to learn from the industries that he was shown during his tour of the city.
SYNOPSIS: Back in Washington Mr. Teng left officials including the Secretary of State Mr Cyrus Vance contemplating the effects on relations with the Soviet Union of his statements on foreign affairs. He has often criticised what he calls Soviet hegemony. Far from it all in Texas Governor Tom Clements made him welcome. Gifts included a wicker basket full of Texas toys for the children of China, and a pair of spurs. Mr. Teng wants to modernise China's industry by the end of the century and showed avid interest in the advanced technology on show.
The Director of the Lyndon Johnson Space Centre Dr. Christopher Kraft showed off samples of lunar rock.
Astronaut Alan Bean had an eager audience for a tour of a replica of Sky-lab. The tour was part of a series of carefully arranged television presentations which are being transmitted to Chine by satellite each day to show off U.S. scientific and technological skills.