French President Georges Pompidou today (1 October) received the first ministerial delegation from the Chinese People's Republic ever to visit a western country.
French President Georges Pompidou today (1 October) received the first ministerial delegation from the Chinese People's Republic ever to visit a western country. The nine-man mission, headed by Mr. Pai Hsiang-kuo, Minister of Foreign Trade, includes senior officials from the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
The Chinese delegation were the guests of the French President at a luncheon in the Elysee Palace. The next day (Saturday) they are due to being their extensive tour of advanced industrial installation.
SYNOPSIS: In France, President Pompidou gave a reception at the Elysee Palace on Friday in honour of the first ministerial delegation from the Chines People's Republic ever to visit a western capital. The delegation, whose visit is intended to develop trade and technological links between Paris and Peking, is headed by the Chinese Minister for Foreign Trade, Mr. Pai Hsiang-Kuo. The nine-man team include senior officials form his ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
M. Pompidou joined Mr. Pai in a toast to the health of Chairman Mao Tse-tung and other Chinese leaders. The President said he would champion Peking's admission to the United Nations. "You and we", he told the delegation, "are opposed to a division of the world into tow hostile blocks, and to any subordination of people to foreign influences". He said the hoped the peoples of Indochina would be able to live in peace and neutrality.
The delegation's members were mobbed by pressmen as they left the Elysee Palace. The next day they were due to begin their extensive tour of the French provinces, when they will see many of France's most advanced industrial installations.