Towards the end of his historic visit to the Chinese People's Republic, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia devoted Monday (October 11) to studying the daily life and organisation within a typical Chinese commune.
Towards the end of his historic visit to the Chinese People's Republic, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia devoted Monday (October 11) to studying the daily life and organisation within a typical Chinese commune. The commune chosen was a few miles outside Shanghai. Largely agricultural, it has achieved an enviable reputation for crop production over the last few years.
The Emperor's visit was an occasion for celebration. He was welcomed by children performing a peasant's dance to traditional Chinese music. But the commune work continued as well. And the Emperor was shown one of the most impressive of the commune' self-help projects -- its own small boatyard where men and girls work on the construction of the boats. This exclusive colour film of the visit comes from Visnews cameraman Tafesse Jarra.
SYNOPSIS: A large commune just outside Shanghai was in a festive mood on Monday. Cause of the celebration was the impending visit of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie. Children performed a traditional peasants' dance by way of welcome.
The Emperor, who was nearing the end of his visit to the Chinese People's Republic, had come to see something of the traditions, organisation and daily life of a typical Chinese commune. This one, which is largely agricultural, has achieved an enviable record in crop production over the last few years.
Among other things, the Emperor was to see something of the commune's own independent educational system, with its thirty-three primary and seven secondary schools, teaching a total of over seven-thousand pupils.
The Emperor also saw evidence of the commune's self-reliance. At its small boatyard, girls and men work alongside each other to satisfy the local need for boatbuilding. The commune also has a plant producing its own farm machinery. The Emperor was later to visit one of Shanghai's biggest industrial complexes. He told Chinese leaders how impressed he had been by the achievements he had seen in the course of his visit.