A party of United States officials has arrived in Peking to open a liaison office and establish the first official American presence in The People's Republic of China since the Communists came to power in 1949.
GV Hong Kong harbour PAN TO railway station
SV Entrance to railway station in Hong Kong
SV US envoy/leader Jenkins seated in train making notes
SCU Passport on table
SV Other delegates seated in train (2 shots)
SV Jenkins in window seat of train reading document
SV Other delegates in train
SV Jenkins looks at countryside and chats (2 shots)
SV Ventilation fan TILT DOWN TO Chinese in train
LV TRACKING SHOT FROM train of approaching station
SV PAN ALONG Lo Wu station PAN TO Jenkins and other delegates getting off
SV Jenkins and other delegates walk off platform into passport area (Border control) (2 shots)
CU Sign "Canton, China"
LV U.S. delegatio along platform in China
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Background: A party of United States officials has arrived in Peking to open a liaison office and establish the first official American presence in The People's Republic of China since the Communists came to power in 1949.
The seven-man party, headed by U.S. Foreign Service officer Alfred Jenkins, left Hong Kong by train on Thursday (5 April), then transferred to a Soviet-built Ilyushin 62 jet of China's national airline in Canton.
The liaison office's full staff will total about 30 Americans, headed by veteran ambassador David K.F. Bruce, who was U.S. Vice-Consul in Peking in 1946.
A small party of Chinese Government officials was at Peking airport to great the United States advance party, together with the Canadian and Australian Charges d'Affaires.
SYNOPSIS: Kowloon station, in Hong Kong, was the starting point on Thursday for seven United States officials bound for Peking. They were to establish the first American presence in The People's Republic of China since 1949.
The advance party was led by Foreign Service officer Alfred Jenkins. They will set up a United States liaison office in Peking. The office is seen by diplomate in the Chinese capital as an embassy in all but name.
Later, the liaison office will have a staff of about 30 Americans. It will not formally open until May, when veteran U.S. ambassador David Bruce arrives to supervise its running. Mr. Bruce was U.S. Vice-Consul in Peking in 1946 and, until recently, headed the State Department's Asian Communist Affairs section.
The U.S. officials travelled by train to Hong Kong's border with the Chinese province of Canton. At Lo Wu station, on the border, they left the train and passed through the border control point. Their arrival in The People's Republic of China came just 13 months after President Nixon became the first U.S. Head of state to visit the country.
After they had crossed the border, the U.S. party was taken to the local airport, where they transferred to an aircraft of the Chinese national airline.
when they flew into Peking, the Americans were met by a small party of Chinese officials. The Canadian and Australian Charges d'Affaires were also there to welcome the latest additions to Peking's growing foreign community.