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    China's 800 million population have begun ten days of mourning for Chairman Mao. Black-edged newspapers?

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    CU President Ford paying tribute to Mao

    CU US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger speaking of Mao
    FORD: "Chairman Mao was a most remarkable and a very great man. He had the vision and the imagination to open up the doors so that the United States and people's republic of China could do things in a new era and a new day. Tragic of course, that a man of this great, remarkable ability and skill and vision and foresight has passed away."
    KISSINGER: "I think he was one of the titans of out time who brought about more changes than any other contemporary. He was a remarkable man whose actions great achievements as well as great suffering".
    REPORTER: "Did he ever regard the United States as an enemy?"
    KISSINGER: "Well, I think Mao was above all, interested in China. There was a period when he considered us an enemy. There was a period when he used us in order to promote the security of China. But ideologically, he always considered us an opponent".

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    Background: China's 800 million population have begun ten days of mourning for Chairman Mao. Black-edged newspapers carried a huge portrait of Mao over the entire front page on Friday (10 September) and many people wore black armbands. Political observers say there is no obvious successor to Mao, and the Chinese Communist Party will now have to set about finding one.
    Tributes to the late Chinese leader, Chairman Mao Tse Tung, have been coming from around the world following his death in Peking on Thursday (9 September). The United States President, Gerald Ford, said that the influence of Chairman Mao on history "would extend far beyond the borders of China". The French President, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, hailed Mao as a statesman of exceptional stature.
    SYNOPSIS: The Chinese Embassy in Paris is just one that has gone into mourning following the death of the Chinese leader. Wreaths were sent to the embassy throughout the day from various organisations and individuals. A large crowd of people gathered outside the embassy to pay tribute to Chairman Mao. President Giscard said the late Chinese leader rescued China from humiliation, and restored it to the central place acknowledged by history. He went on to say that Mao had made his mark on the destiny of China and the world by the magnitude of his achievements. President Ford and the Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, were equally strong in their praise of Chairman Mao.

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