Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev flew into Peking, Sept 30 to attend tenth anniversary celebrations of the Chinese People's Republic's foundation.
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Background: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev flew into Peking, Sept 30 to attend tenth anniversary celebrations of the Chinese People's Republic's foundation. The following day, Oct. 1, accompanied by mao Tse-tung, he watched the biggest military parade in China's history.
Stepping out of his TU 114 at the airport, Premier Ahrushchev waved his had to the clapping crowd. Chairman Tse-Tung, Prime Minister Chou En-lai, and other leaders of the Chinese Communist Party welcomed him enthusiastically.
In a short speech, the Russian leader said: "We must do everything in our power to clear the atmosphere and create conditions of friendships among the peoples. Of his conversations with President Eisenhower he said: "We had a frank exchange of opinions on all questions requiring a solution for the creation of an atmosphere of co-operation and peaceful co-existence."
The following day Premier Khrushchev stood on the 'Gate of heavenly Peace', with Chinese leaders, and watched 700,000 Peking citizens parade in a large-scale display of military strength. For 20 minutes men of the three armed Services, troop carriers, tanks, and artillery passed through the square. Above 45 jet bombers and 100 fighters formed a fly-past. After the march past and salute by Defence Minister Lin Piao, the people took over the Square for three hours. Gaily-costumed, chanting, singing, and dancing, they marched in procession, Searing banners aloft. Many of the floats displayed Chinese industrial goods. The parade ended with a massed display by young athletes.
Reporting the parade, Peking radio described Marshal Lin Piao, as the man "who led Chinese volunteers against the Western Allies in Korea." Marshall Lin had declared: "We will without fail liberate Formosa and the coastal islands."
Premier Khrushchev ended his four-day visit Oct. 4. His discussions with Chinese leaders were largely based on the cold-war. In a brief farewell speech at the airport he said: "There is full, actual possibility to bar the road to war."