Several hundred Indian demonstrators marched against a heavily-guarded Chinese Embassy in new Delhi on Tuesday (14 May), as a new dispute over Kashmir brought a worsening in relations between Peking and Delhi.
GV Troops outside Chinese embassy
CU Sign on embassy and flag (2 shots)
SV Troops forming a barrier
MV Demonstrators advance and carry banners (2 shots)
BV Marchers chanting
GV Demonstrators marching and troops forming barrier
GV Demonstrators ZOOM INTO leader with loudhailer
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Background: Several hundred Indian demonstrators marched against a heavily-guarded Chinese Embassy in new Delhi on Tuesday (14 May), as a new dispute over Kashmir brought a worsening in relations between Peking and Delhi.
Tuesday's angry reaction was provoked by remarks by Chinese Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-ping. Speaking at a Peking banquet a couple of days earlier, he had promised firm support for the people of Kashmir in their struggle for the right to self-determination. His comments led to an immediate walk-out by the Indian Charge d'Affaires in Peking who was at the Banquet.
The subsequent demonstration in New Delhi was called by members of the Students' Congress, the youth wing of the ruling Indian National Congress. Dozens of police formed a cordon round the embassy, and the demonstrators contented themselves by chanting that the Chinese were neo-fascist agents.
Sino-Indian relations have been poor almost continuously since their border war in 1962. Pakistan and Indian have disputed over Kashmir since 1947, and in the past the problem has been complicated by Chinese incursions from the north.