French President Georges Pompidou arrived in Peking on Tuesday (11 September), on the first official visit by a West European Head of State to The People's Republic of China.
French President Georges Pompidou arrived in Peking on Tuesday (11 September), on the first official visit by a West European Head of State to The People's Republic of China. After official ceremonies at the airport, the French President drove in a huge, winding motorcade to the heart of Peking, where tens of thousands of people lined the streets.
The President is staying at the State-owned guest house -- the Jade Pool Abyss Park -- where President Nixon stayed during his visit in February last year.
On Tuesday night, President Pompidou was guest of honour at a banquet in the Great Hall of the People attended by about eighty hundred guests.
During the banquet, Premier Chou En-lai warned that the danger of the war still existed, and he blamed the nuclear super-powers for world tensions. He said both China and France were against "the monopoly of world affairs by one or two super-powers."
In a clear message to Western Europe, Premier Chou said The People's Republic of China approved current moves toward European union.
President Pompidou is expected to have some 12 hours of talks with Premier Chou and Chairman Mao Tse-tung during his week's stay.