INTRODUCTION: Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang paid a one-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh on Sunday (7 June).
GV Chinese Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang descending from aircraft at Dacca. Greeted by acting Bangladesh President Abdus Sattar.
SV Zhao and Sattar walking across tarmac.
GV EXTERIOR OF President's house and Bangladesh flags at half mast.
GV & PAN INTERIOR Zhao and Sattar photocall.
GV Guard of honour outside presidency.
GV Both leaders walking across bridge over lake to Rahman's tomb.
SVs Wreaths being laid. (2 SHOTS)
SV Zhao bowing.
SV Soldiers saluting.
GV PAN Both leaders and officials leaving.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang paid a one-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh on Sunday (7 June). It was the first time a Chinese Premier had been to Bangladesh since the country became independent in 1971. The visit was originally scheduled to last three days but was cut back after the assassination of President Ziaur Rahman by rebel army officers on 30 May.
SYNOPSIS: Premier Zhao was greeted at the airport by the acting Bangladesh President Abdus Sattar. In an arrival statement, the Chinese leader paid tribute to President Ziaur. He described him as a noted statesman who worked hard to promote friendly relations with China. The two countries share views on a number of international issues. Both oppose Vietnam's presence in Kampuchea and the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.
The country was observing forty days mourning for President Ziaur. The Bangladesh leader was killed by army rebels in the port city of Chittagong on 30 May.
Both leaders visited the tomb of the assassinated president. They were assassinated president. They were escorted by the President's guards to the grave in Dacca's Manik Mia Avenue. Premier Zhao stood in silence as a mark of respect.
Wreaths were laid on the grave. The Chinese Premier was originally scheduled to make an official visit but it was changed to a goodwill tour because the country was in mourning.
Diplomats said Premier Zhao's visit had given Bangladesh's leaders a considerable psychological boost at a difficult time. The local newspaper said the visit demonstrated that China would stand by Bangladesh in any crisis.