Chinese leader Hua Guofeng left Rome on Tuesday evening (6 November) at the end of his three week tour of France, West Germany, Britain and Italy.
Chinese leader Hua Guofeng left Rome on Tuesday evening (6 November) at the end of his three week tour of France, West Germany, Britain and Italy. He called his visit a complete success, and reaffirming one of the themes of his tour, Chairman Hua called for a strong and united Europe as a force of peace in the world.
SYNOPSIS: Before Chairman Hua and his Italian host Prime Minister Francesco Cossiga said good-bye at Rome airport, the two leaders held a final round of consultations on foreign affairs and signed three bilateral accords -- declarations of intent to develop relations in trade and culture and protocol to open a Chinese consulate in Turin and an Italian Consulate in Shanghai. The Italian State oil company (ENI) has also been given the go-ahead to prospect for oil in China, on land and off-shore. But Chairman Hua's four-day visit to Italy brought on major breakthroughs for Italian industry.
In their final talks, the Italian Prime Minister took the line of other West European leaders that Italy favoured detente with the Soviet Union and an east-west balance of forces. Chairman Hua, who's European tour was marked by frequent criticism of what he called Soviet "hegemonism", agreed with Premier Cossiga and said that China was in favour of true peace and detente. Summing up his European tour, chairman Hua said he believed in western Europe, its independence and security and highly developed economy. He said it was an important factor for maintaining peace and stability.
Chairman Hua's visit to France, West Germany, Britain and Italy was aimed at strengthening China's political, military and economic ties with Europe. China needs European expertise in its modernisation programmes, and Europe needs the potentially vast export market of China. It was a tour that formed part of China's growing participation in world affairs, and a reflection of a change taking place in China itself.