Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang has accused South Africa of carrying out acts of sabotage and aggression against neighbouring countries, and called for mandatory sanctions against Pretoria.
(MUTE) GV Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda at banquet table
SV PAN Mrs. Kaunda and Chinese officials listening to President Kaunda speaking (7 shots) (ENGLISH SOT)
GV Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and other officials applauding
(MUTE) SV Delegates seated
GV Zhao speaking (2 shots)
SV Zhao and Kaunda toasting each other
ANOTHER LOCATION IN LUSAKA:
SV Chinese Foreign Minister Wu Xuejian speaking (CHINESE SOT) via interpreter (ENGLISH SOT)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE TWO) KAUNDA:
"The timing of your visit is (indistict). It comes at a time when the world in general, and this region in particulat, is going through difficult and trying moments. A visit by a distingushed delegation from such a friendly country as China is therefore not only reassuring, but also encouraging to us, and to the entire troubled people of Namibia, and South Africa. A great struggle for freedom and independence is going on in this region. This struggle is raging in Namibia and in South Africa, while independent African countries in the area are facing up to various forms of de stabilisation from South Africa. (Indistinct) is of grave concern to all democratic and peace-loving people. We in Zambia hold the view that there can be no peace, and a just solution to the problems of the Middle East, unless and until the Palestinian people are allowed their right to self-determination, and the right to establish a national homeland of their own, in Palestine."
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE SEVEN) WU XUEJIAN (VIA TRANSLATOR):
"We think that the reason why Namibia has not yet achieved its independence is that the racist regime of South Africa has refused to implement the relevant resolutions adopted at the United Nations, and is sending aggressive troops to occupy Namibia."
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Background: Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang has accused South Africa of carrying out acts of sabotage and aggression against neighbouring countries, and called for mandatory sanctions against Pretoria. Mr Zhao was speaking in Lusaka at a state banquet given in his honour by Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda on January 10. Mr Zhao said China, having adopted a policy of no-contact with South Africa, believed Pretoria should suffer international mandatory sanctions. His indictment of countries which he said had been shielding the white South African authorities was echoed by Mr Kaunda, who thanked him for Beijing's support. On the Middle East, Mr Kaunda said no peace could come there until the Palestinian people had been granted their right to a homeland. Earlier in the day, Chinese Foreign Minister Wu Xuejian -- a member of the 60-strong delegation accompanying Mr Zhao on his tour of 11 African states -- denounced United States policies on Namibia. He told a news conference in the Zambian capital that Washington's attempts to link a Namibian independence settlement with a withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola amounted to shielding the racist regime in South Africa. Mr Wu had previously held talks with officials of the banned African National Congress (ANC), which is pledged to the overthrow of the Pretoria government. He had also met members of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), who are engaged in a bitter struggle against the white South African administration over Namibia's independence.