The People's Republic of China celebrated its 25th anniversary with a glittering reception and cultural performances in Peking.
GV night scene of Tien An Men square
GV guests arriving Great Hall of People (2 shots)
GV portrait of Chairman Mao
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CU Chou seated
CU Wang Hung-Wen seated
CU Kang Sheng seated
CU Yeh Chien-ying seated
CU two other party officials
CV Vice Premier Di???hisien-nin seated
CU Madame Mao
CU party official and Teng Msiao-ping
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MV Chou speaking
MV Sibanouk and Wang Kung-Wen listeing
MV Chou speaking
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GV Chou and other guests teasing (2 shots)
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Background: The People's Republic of China celebrated its 25th anniversary with a glittering reception and cultural performances in Peking.
Premier Chou Zn-lai, suffering from a heart ailment, made his first public appearance in two months when he attended the reception held at Peking's Great Hall of the People on Monday night (30 September).
The 76-year-old Premier was given a standing ovation by the 4,000 guests at the banquet, which included 20 of the 26 members of China's all-powerful Politburo. Vice-Premier, Li Hsien-nin was also present.
Aside from Premier Chou, three other Vice-Chairmen of the Communist Farty -- Wang Hung-wen, Kang Sheng and Yeh Chien-ying -- were also present in a symbolic display of leadership unity. Chairman Mao Tse-tung did not appear.
In his speech at the reception, Premier Chou hailed China's foreign policy of the past four years -- in which he played a leading role -- with the worlds "We have friends all over the world."
No also promised that China would carry on the movement to criticise Lin Piao and Confucius. This drive to wipe out the remnant influence of Lin, Chairman Mao's heir apparent and would-be assassin, and all reactionary ideas inherited from China's past, has dominated domestic political life for almost a year.
On Tuesday (1 October), huge crowds turned out a Peking's parks to watch song and dance acts, celebrating the nation's 25th anniversary.