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    China's Foreign Minister, Huang Hua has told refugees from Afghanistan that Peking is on their side.

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    SV: Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua out of aircraft and greeted at Islamabad airport (3 shots)

    GV PAN: Afghan refugees assembled to met Hua at Azakhel refugee camp.(3 shots)

    SV: Hua seated with officials and refugees

    SV: New Delhi: United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim down plane and greeted by Indian Foreign Minister Nar Singh Rao and officials. (2 shots)

    GV: Waldheim and Rao walking across tarmac

    GV INTERIOR: Waldheim and Rao entering airport VIP lounge for news conference and taking seats.(2 shots)

    GV: Waldheim speaking in English

    WALDHEIM: "I may wait just for a few days,because I return form here to New York to continue my efforts with the Security Council and with the representative of Iran at the United Nations. As you know, I have been in continuous contact with the Foreign Minister of Iran over the telephone. We have worked out a mechanism during my visit to Teheran, and it is hoped that this mechanism will make it possible to satisfy the Government of Iran and to lead to the release of the hostages."

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    Background: China's Foreign Minister, Huang Hua has told refugees from Afghanistan that Peking is on their side. Mr Huang Hua was touring refugee camps and the Khyber Pass on the Afghan frontier during a four-day visit to Pakistan. He said China would do everything it could to relieve their suffering. And he added that the Afghans have the support of all people who stand against what he called expansionism. Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary General, kurt Waldheim has arrived in New Delhi for a UN conference, whose agenda would include Afghanistan.

    SYNOPSIS: When he flew into Islamabad, on Friday (18 January), Mr Huang said he would brief the Pakistan Government on his talks with United States Defence Secretary, Harold Brown, earlier in the month. During his visit, Mr Brown and Chinese leaders discussed ways in which both countries could aid Pakistan now that Soviet troops were stationed along Afghanistan's Eastern border. Informed sources say it is expected that China will offer more economic aid, and perhaps step up its supplies of light weapons.

    During his four-day visit, Mr Huang inspected a refugee camp at Azakhel, about thirty kilometres (18 mile) from the North West Frontier provincial capital of Peshawar. He went there to discuss ways to counter the Soviet intervention, and told tribal elders they would have final victory. Reuters news agency describes China as Pakistan's closest ally, having, previously provided its army with light tanks and aircraft.

    China has also built a tank engine reconditioning plant at Taxila, near Islamabad, and, Reuters says,has about forty military advisers in Pakistan.

    On Sunday (20 January), United Nations General Secretary Kurt Waldheim landed at Palam Airport in New Delhi. Dr Waldheim was in India to attend a United Nations conference. Afghanistan was one of the subjects covered in talks with the India's External Affairs minister, P.V. Narashimha Rao.

    The talks lasted for about ninety minutes, according to an Indian official, and they covered a broad range of subjects including Iran. Dr Waldheim told how he is tackling the continuing crisis in Teheran.

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