INTRODUCTION: As part of his first major overseas tour since taking office, the Chinese Premier, Zhao Ziyang, has paid an official six-day visit to Burma.
GV Street scene in Rangoon.
GVs People in streets. (2 shots)
SV Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang walking down aircraft steps and greeted by Prime Minister U Maung Maung Kha. (3 SHOTS)
GV Zhao shaking hands with Burmese officials.
SCU Guard of Honour presenting arms as Zhao and Prime Minister inspect them. (2 SHOTS)
SV Zhao meets line-up of ministers.
CU Chinese and Burmese flags.
GV INTERIOR Chinese and Burmese officials sit down to take tea. (6 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: As part of his first major overseas tour since taking office, the Chinese Premier, Zhao Ziyang, has paid an official six-day visit to Burma. Premier Zhao had talks with Burmese Prime Minister U Maung Maung Kha, and invited him to visit China at any time that suited the Burmese leader.
This is the Burmese capital, Rangoon. Burma approves of, but does not belong to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and, in late 1979, resigned from the movement of non-aligned nations, which it helped to create.
Premier Zhao arriving at Rangoon airport, where the first person to greet him was Prime Minister U Maung Maung Kha. Chinese sources said the Chinese delegation had an exchange of views on bilateral relations and the regional situation. Among the Burmese officials at the airport were Deputy Prime Minister U Tin Tin, Foreign Minister U lay Maung and Defence Minister General Kyaw Htin. Premier Zhao's party included Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister Huang Hua, Vice-Foreign Minister Han Nianlong, and the Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade, Zhou Huamin.
Before setting off from Peking, Premier Zhao had said that Southeast Asia's security was at risk. This made it vital for China to consult with Burma and Thailand, because Peking feels the Soviet Union and Vietnam are threatening the region's stability. Premier Zhao said later that the profound traditional friendship and good-neigbourly contacts between China and Burma gave him a special affection for the Burmese people. Sino-Burmese friendly relations were important for peace and stability in Southeast Asia.