The new Zimbabwe Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe, stopped over in Peking on Monday (13 October) to extend his thanks to the Chinese for their help in his country's struggle for independence.
GV ZOOM INTO SV Zimbabwean Prime Minister Robert Mugabe down aircraft steps and greeted by Chinese Foreign Minister, Huang Hua. (2 SHOTS)
GV Party walking away from aircraft.
GV Motorcade arriving at government building.
SV Robert Mugabe greeting Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and other officials
GV Zimbabwe delegation and Chinese officials taking seats around conference table.
SCU Premier Zhao seated at conference table.
SCU Robert Mugabe seated at conference table.
SV PAN Zimbabwean delegation seated at conference table.
CU Premier Zhao seated at table.
CU Mugabe seated.
GV Chinese officials seated at table. (4 SHOTS)
GV Delegations seated.
SV Chinese Premier Zhao and Mr. Mugabe taking seats at banquet table in Great Hall of the People.
SV Mr. Mugabe and Premier Zhao seated at banquet table.
SV Chinese Foreign Minister Hua seated next to member of Zimbabwean delegation.
GV ZOOM OUT Premier Zhao and Premier Mugabe drinking toast.
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Background: The new Zimbabwe Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe, stopped over in Peking on Monday (13 October) to extend his thanks to the Chinese for their help in his country's struggle for independence. The new China News Agency quoted Mr. Mugabe as saying the Chinese people were the Zimbabwean people's trusted friends and brothers. Mr. Mugabe met the Chinese leadership during his brief visit and was invited to undertake an official visit at a later date.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Mugabe made the stopover in Peking after attending a Communist Party Congress in North Korea. The Koreans, along with Yugoslavia, Rumania and China were supporters of Mr. Mugabe's in the fight for independence in Zimbabwe. After being greeted at the airport by the Chinese Foreign Minister, Huang Hua, Mr. Mugabe was taken for talks with the new Chinese Premier, Zhao Ziyang.
The talks between Mr. Mugabe and Premier Zhao concerned liberation struggles in Africa. But, it's not known if they touched on an announcement Mr. Mugabe was to make when he returned to Salisbury on Tuesday (14 October), that he had invited the Soviet Union to set up an embassy in Salisbury. Mr. Mugabe has always been suspicious of the Soviet Union's intentions in Africa. It's understood he allowed the Russians to establish a diplomatic presence following pressure put on him by Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwe's Home Affairs Minister and Mr. Mugabe's partner in the guerrilla movement before independence. Mr. Nkomo was backed by the Russians during the guerrilla war. Mr. Mugabe wasn't.
After the talks Mr. Mugabe had a brief meeting with the former Chinese Premier, Hua Guofeng, who is now the Communis Party Chairman. His busy schedule then continued with a banquet in his honour in the Great Hall of the People.
During the banquet Premier Zhao reiterated China's support for Zimbabwe and other African peoples. The banquet is standard Chinese protocol for displaying their approval of guests. As the Foreign Minister, Huang Hua, looked on, Premier Zhao purposed a toast to Mr. Mugabe and invited him to return to Peking for an official visit.