Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua has been visiting Zaire. Speaking to newsmen after meeting his?
Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua has been visiting Zaire. Speaking to newsmen after meeting his Zairian opposite number Umba di Lutete, Mr. Huang said that the two countries had a common task in knowing how to deal with what he called "Soviet imperialism".
SYNOPSIS: During his four-day official tour Mr. Huang met Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko in Lumumbashi -- the capital of Shaba province. The Chinese Minister presented President Mobutu with a number of gifts-including a decorated ceramic vase and an embroidered silk screen.
Later Mr. Huang flew with President Mobutu to the town of Kolwezi. It was here that hundreds of people were massacred last month, when Angola-based rebels occupied the town for eight days. The insurgents were eventually driven out by French and Belgian paratroopers. President Mobutu has blamed the Soviet Union and Cuba for the invasion. During his visit Mr. Huang also said that the Soviet Union was trying to gain control of Zaire as part of a world strategy.
About 350 French Foreign Legionnaires were flown out of Shaba province on Tuesday (6 June) after handing over to Moroccan forces. The French have left a 150-man unit in Kolwezi -- where military activity is still very much in evidence and apparently welcomed by the local people.
Most of the town is in ruins. As the copper mining centre of Zaire it is vital to the country's economic survival. Five western nations have already agreed on recommendations for dealing with security in Zaire and the country's crumbling economy. Foreign Minister Huang was able to see for himself the extent of the reconstruction that will be needed.
Mr. Huang was given a strong military escort when he looked at one of Kolwezi's copper mines. Prior to the invasion the industry depended heavily on European experts resident in and around Kolwezi. Now, however, there is speculation that the Europeans may not feel to happy about staying on after the departure of the French and Belgian troops and diplomats have been urging them to send their wives and children home.