• Short Summary

    The People's Republic of China celebrated its 25th anniversary with a glittering reception and cultural performances in Peking.

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    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1I6VQYBYM8CGR69UCM6VPT06W
    Media URN:
    VLVA1I6VQYBYM8CGR69UCM6VPT06W
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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