British Foreign Secretary Anthony Crosland's first engagement during his six-day visit to The People's Republic of China was a briefing at Peking University on China's fiery anti-rightist campaign.
CROSLAND EXAMINING WALLPOSTERS AT PEKING UNIVERSITY: CROSLAND ATTENDING CLASS, LISTENING TO SPEECH: CROSLAND BOATING ON LAKE: CROSLAND ATTENDING WELCOMING BANQUET HOSTED BY CHIAO AT SUMMER PALACE.
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Background: British Foreign Secretary Anthony Crosland's first engagement during his six-day visit to The People's Republic of China was a briefing at Peking University on China's fiery anti-rightist campaign.
He was shown wallposters on Tuesday (4 May) attacking the once-powerful Teng Hsiao-ping as a "capitalist roader". Some of the posters accused the former Vice-Premiere of involvement in last month's political riots in Peking.
Mr. Teng was dismissed from all posts two days after the disturbances, which climaxed a bitter power struggle in the Chinese leadership.
The British Foreign Secretary also spent some time attending a class at Peking University. He was told how China is trying to abolish exams, selecting students for their political awareness and social responsibility.
Mr. Crosland spent part of tuesday afternoon boating on Peking's Summer Palace Lake, formerly the playground of China's emperors.
Mr. Crosland's first full day in China closed with a welcoming banquet, hosted by Chinese Foreign Minister Chiao Kuan-hua at the Summer Palace. The banquet followed two hours of talks between the two Foreign Ministers.
Mr. Crosland gave China a firm assurance Britain would play a full part in West European security. In an attempt to ease Peking's fears about the Soviet military threat to Europe, he told the guests: "We have no allusions about the dangers which face us. We shall certainly keep up our guard."
Both publicly and privately, the visiting Foreign Minister informed the Chinese that Britain would pursue detente and try to ease international tensions, without putting its defence capacity in peril.