Countries around the world have been sending their condolences to the Chinese people on the death of chairman Mao Tse Tung.
SV: Congolese officials walking behind portrait of Mao Tse Tung.
SV and GV: Crowds walking through streets to Chinese Embassy.
GV TILT DOWN: Chinese Embassy.
CU: Portrait of Mao Tse Tung.
SCUs: Congolese officials standing in line. (2 shots)
CU and SVs: Chinese Ambassador, Wang Yu-Tien and other Chinese officials standing with heads bowed. (3 shots)
SCU: Jean-Pierre Thystre Tchicaya, member of Congolese Council of State signing book of condolence.
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Background: Countries around the world have been sending their condolences to the Chinese people on the death of chairman Mao Tse Tung. Monday (13 September), a day of mourning for the late Chinese leader was declared in the Congo.
SYNOPSIS: Crowds gathered in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, to take part in a procession to the Chinese Embassy. The procession was led by a member of the Congolese Council of State, Monsieur Jean-Pierre Thystre Tchicaya. China and the Congo and have had close ties in recent years. China has financed a number of Congolese projects, and has supplied technicians for others. One major aim of the Congo's development plans has been to reduce the economic and social inequalities existing between the urban centres and the rest of the country. To fulfil those plans, the Congo has sought Chinese technical expertise.
The procession to the Chinese Embassy and the large turnout of the Congolese population were a refection of the close links that have developed between the two countries. The late Chinese leader was highly respected in the Congo, and his death was felt deeply in the African nation, according to government officials. Congolese government ministers stood in silence for two minutes outside the Embassy in a mark of respect. The ceremony was also attended by the Chinese Ambassador, Wang Yu-Tien, and members of his legation. A book of condolence was signed by Monsieur Tchicaya and others.