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    Each year thousands of Chinese tour the fortress within the Inner City of Peking, called the Forbidden City.

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    Each year thousands of Chinese tour the fortress within the Inner City of Peking, called the Forbidden City. With the first snowfall this year parts of the two and a half mile wall that once surrounded the former Imperial palaces, have been posted with a special edition of the Chinese People's Daily, announcing the establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States on the first of January, 1979.

    SYNOPSIS: The Forbidden City, in Peking, contains hundreds of buildings, including the imperial palaces of the emperors of China from 1421 to 1911.

    Soon after Mao Tse-tung marched into Peking in 1949 and formed a Communist government, the palaces were converted into museums. The public was encouraged to visit them, to cherish their artistic heritage, as expressed through historical monuments and ancient buildings.

    The forbidden City has been preserved and carefully restored, but most of the walls have been torn down, and a vast square created. The City contains the museums of Chinese History and of the Chinese Revolution, as well as the Great wall of the Chinese people. The Chinese have now entered what they call the New Long March, with an all-out effort to modernise and industrialists their nation. The Chinese have already started negotiating with the United States for technological machinery, including communications satellites.

    News of the renewal of full diplomatic relations with the United States was announced in a special red ink edition of the Chinese People's Daily. Front page posters were read avidly, and it is reported that the people of China reacted enthusiastically to the news. It is widely believed that the joint communique was completed only days before it was announced simultaneously in Peking and Washington. Many people in Peking learned of the news for the first time from wall-posters. And the first step in healing the 29 year split between the two world powers, the United States and The People's Republic of China has been taken.

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