A plea for normal relations between East and West has been made by the Rumanian President, Mr.
A plea for normal relations between East and West has been made by the Rumanian President, Mr. Nicolae Ceausescu. Following his eight day visit to China, where he accorder an enthusiastic welcome, the New China News Agency reports that the Rumanian side of a joint communique has said that "without the participation of the People's Republic of China, no thorough settlement of important questions in international life would be possible, and that the recent "increasingly manifest tendency" of certain capitalist countries to normalise their relations with the Peoples Republic of China was in the interests of co-operation between countries having different social systems, and of peace and international security".
Mr. Ceausescu's diplomatic initiative was not expected. As one of the few Western politicians on agreeable terms with both President Nixon and Chinese Party Chairman Mao Tse Tung, he had already been credited with private conciliation moves that resulted in a recent thaw between Peking and the United States.
This film was shot by Rumanian Television cameramen as Mr. Ceausescu and his wife arrived in Shanghai on Tuesday (8 June). They were accompanied by Premier Chou En Lai. The Rumanian President has since left the People's Republic of China and is currently visiting North Korea, North Vietnam and Mongolia.
SYNOPSIS: An enthusiastic greeting awaited Rumanian President Mr. Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elana when they arrived at Shanghai Airport on Tuesday on an eight day visit to the People's Republic of China. Large crowds on onlookers chanted a welcome to the couple as they were met by a party of Chinese officials.
Mr. Ceausescu and his wife were accompanied to Shanghai by Premier Chou En-Lai, who followed them down the steps of the aircraft. obviously delighted with the welcome, Mr. Ceausescu made his way across the tarmac to shake hands with a number of well-wishers waving bundles of streamers. This demonstration was typical of the reception the Rumanian President encountered during his visit to this country.
Mr. Ceausescu has since left China for a tour of North Korea, North Vietnam and Mongolia. And the New China News Agency has reported that in a joint communique issued on his departure, Mr. Ceausescu called for a renewal of normal relations between East and West. The communique, it said, was signed by both leaders. This development at the end of the President's visit was not unexpected. He's known to be one of the few East European leaders on agreeable terms with both President Nixon and Chinese Party Secretary Mao Tse Tung. His diplomatic initiative has been credited with behind-the-scenes conciliation moves that resulted in a recent improvement in relations between Peking and Washington.