Throughout the world, people have been paying their last respects to the Chinese leader, Mao Tse-Tung, who died on Thursday.
GV Flag at half mast
PAN TO Chinese Embassy (New Delhi) MV Wreath
PAN TO portrait of Chairman Mao
MVs Mrs. Gandhi signs condolence book watched by Chinese mourners (4 shots)
MV Condolence book
MV Romanian ambassador to Thailand enters and stands in respect in front of portrait of Chairman with wreath (3 shots)
MV Chinese community paying respects
MV Belgian ambassador enters and pays respects
MV PAN Wreath lined corridor in Chinese Embassy, Manila
MV Members of Chinese community enter hall and stand in front of portrait to pay respects (3 shots)
MV PAN Embassy staff greeting members of Chinese community
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Background: Throughout the world, people have been paying their last respects to the Chinese leader, Mao Tse-Tung, who died on Thursday.
SYNOPSIS: In the Indian capital, New Delhi, the Chinese flag flies at half mast outside the Embassy as diplomatic staff there mourn the loss of their leader. Among the many people who came to pay their respects was the Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Mrs. Gandhi described Mao as an eminent statesman who led the resurgence and progress of the Chinese people. China and India this year agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations for the first time since the 1962 war between them.
At the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok, the Rumanian ambassador expressed his condolences to the Chinese people. Among others to visit the embassy were the Thai Foreign Minister, Mr. Pichai Ratakul. Chinese officials said the official memorial service on the 18th of September would not be open to the public, but there would be a period of mourning until then.
There are almost four million Chinese in Thailand, and many of them have visited the embassy in Bangkok to honour Chairman Mao. In China itself the country's 800 million people are in official mourning for the man who led them from a poor peasant society to a powerful industrial nation. The mourning in China will culminate with a mass rally in Peking on the 18th of September. Chinese communities throughout the world have also been paying tribute to the Chinese leader.
In the Philippines, many members of the local Chinese community went to the Chinese Embassy in Manila to deliver their tributes. President Ferdinand Marcos in a message of condolence to China said that Mao was a leader of men and a mover of history. He described Mao as the last of the giants of the twentieth century. Chairman Mao was 82 when he died. He had ruled China for a quarter of a century.