• Short Summary

    A 29-YEAR-OLD CHINESE DIPLOMAT, MIAO CHEN-PAI, WHO ASKED FOR ASYLUM AT THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN DAMASCUS ON JULY 26, ARRIVED IN NEW YORK YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) AND ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM NEWSMEN THROUGH AN INTERPRETER.

  • Description


    KENNEDY AIRPORT; DIPLOMAT AND INTERPRETER ANSWER QUESTIONS (SOF).



    HE WAS FIRST ASKED:



    TRANSCRIPT: "PERHAPS YOU CAN TELL US WHY YOU DECIDED TO WALK INTO THE AMERICAN EMBASSY, AND HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT SEEKING ASYLUM? CAN YOU TELL US YOUR REASONS FOR DEFECTING?"



    REPLY GIVEN IN CHINESE ---



    INTERPRETATION OF CHINESE --- "I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT THE MAIN REASON FOR ME TO WANT TO DEFECT. THE MAIN REASON IS THAT FOR ME TO DEFECTING IS THAT I WANT TO SEEK FREEDOM, BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY."



    FURTHER CHINESE SPOKEN ---



    INTERPRETATION --- "ESPECIALLY DURING THE RECENT YEARS WHILE THE CHINESE COMMUNIST REGIME HAS BEEN INTENSIFYING ITS SUPPRESSION AND ITS CONTROL OVER THE CHINESE PEOPLE."



    FURTHER CHINESE SPOKEN ---



    INTERPRETATION --- "THEREFORE EVERY CHINESE PEOPLE HAVE NO FREEDOM IN THEIR THINKING AND OF COURSE IN THEIR ACTION. AND THEY WILL BE --- SUFFER FRUSTRATION."



    A QUESTION WAS THEN ASKED ABOUT - "DISAGREEMENT IN CHINA ABOUT MAO'S POLICIES"--- THE INTERPRETATION WAS -- "BECAUSE OF THE TIGHT CONTROL OF THE CHINESE COMMUNISTS AMONG THE PEOPLE AS WELL AS THEIR OWN PARTY MEMBERS. THE SO CALLED ANTI-MAO FEELING REALLY DIDN'T EXPRESS - REALLY DIDN'T SURFACE - YOU CANNOT QUITE SEE IT ON THE SURFACE AT THE BEGINNING. HOWEVER, THIS KIND OF ANTI-MAO FEELING EXISTS WITHIN THE PARTY AS WELL AS AMONG THE PEOPLE."




    Initials GHB/N/CR/???



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A 29-YEAR-OLD CHINESE DIPLOMAT, MIAO CHEN-PAI, WHO ASKED FOR ASYLUM AT THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN DAMASCUS ON JULY 26, ARRIVED IN NEW YORK YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) AND ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM NEWSMEN THROUGH AN INTERPRETER.

    MIAO CHEN-PAI SAID HE WAS ATTACHED TO THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA EMBASSY IN DAMASCUS AND WORKED FOR THE EMBASSY'S COMMERCIAL MISSION AS A REPRESENTATIVE ON IMPORT AND EXPORT CONTRACTS. HE WAS NOT PREPARED TO DIVULGE HOW LONG HE HAD BEEN AT THE EMBASSY IN DAMASCUS, NOR HOW HE HAD BEEN ABLE TO LEAVE SYRIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA52I9A5XK6HWPTSAJWQB3AKIVR
    Media URN:
    VLVA52I9A5XK6HWPTSAJWQB3AKIVR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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