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    The People's Republic of China has predicted war between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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    GV EXTERIOR United Nations headquarters

    SV INTERIOR Chinese Foreign Minister Chiao Kuan-hua addressing General Assembly session

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    Background: The People's Republic of China has predicted war between the United States and the Soviet Union.

    SYNOPSIS: The prediction came in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (5 October) by the Chinese Foreign Minister.

    Chiao kuan-hua was the first top Chinese official to address a foreign audience since the death of Chairman Mao Tse-tung He told the Assembly that the danger of global conflict was visibly growing, and all peoples must prepare for it. Since the European Security Conference last year, the Soviet Union had increased both its military threat to Western Europe and its political subversion there, said Mr. Chiao.

    The Russians were trying to catch Europe off-guard, divide and crush it piece-meal, and ultimately seize the whole of the western continent, he warned. Denouncing the rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States, especially recently in south Africa, Mr. Chaio said this was bound to lead to war. He condemned the Soviet Union's intervention in the former Portuguese colony of Angola.

    The rivalry of the super-powers extended to all parts of the globe, said Mr. Chiao. The Untied States had vested interests to protect all around the world, while the Soviet Union south expansion. He said Europe was the focus of contention between them, and that last year's European Security Conference was in fact a 'European Insecurity Conference'.

    On the Middle East, Mr. Chiao gave China's backing to the Arabs, and on Taiwan, he said the Chinese were determined to liberate the island run by Chairman Mao's opponents who lost the civil was which ended in 1948. He also called for the Indian Ocean to be declared a 'zone of peace'.

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