United States President Jimmy Carter welcomed Chinese Vice-Premier, Teng Tsiao-ping (Deng Xiaoping) to the White House on Monday (29 January), describing the occasion as a "dat of reconciliation" between the two countries.
SV PAN President Carter and wife Rosalynn walk across White House lawn to accompaniment of fanfare
GV Limousine enters grounds as fanfare continues
GV ZOOM OUT FROM Carter and wife waiting on red carpet TO limousine pulling up; Vice Premier Teng gets out as fanfare ends and is greeted
GV Teng and Carter walk up to rostrum (2 shots)
CU & GV Carter, Teng and group listen as Chinese anthem is played and guns fire salute (3 shots)
SV President Carter speaking in English
CU Teng speaking in Chinese and English translation
GV Group entering White House
SV INT Teng and Carter pose for photographs
SV & GV Carter, Teng and group waving from White House balcony (4 shots)
CARTER: "We expect that normalisation of relations between our two countries will help to produce an atmosphere in the Asia and Pacific area in which the right of all people to live in peace will be enhanced."
TRANSLATOR: "The significance of normalisation extends far beyond our n bilateral relations. Amicable co-operation between two countries situated on opposite shores of the Pacific in undoubtedly an important factor working towards peace in this are and in the world as a whole."
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Background: United States President Jimmy Carter welcomed Chinese Vice-Premier, Teng Tsiao-ping (Deng Xiaoping) to the White House on Monday (29 January), describing the occasion as a "dat of reconciliation" between the two countries. China and the United States established diplomatic relations at the beginning of the year, and Mr. Deng's visit was the first by a Chinese communist official.
SYNOPSIS: A fanfare marked the beginning of a welcome usually reserved for visiting Heads of State. Mr. Teng himself described the visit as an 'historic mission'.
There were no signs of the big demonstrations threatened to protest against the ending of relations with Taiwan. There had been strong opposition in the United States to recognition of the People's Republic, but the only incident occurred when a man and a woman began shouting during the ceremonies on the White House lawn. They are quickly removed by police and Secret Service agents.
The playing of the Chinese national anthem for the first time at the White House ended a long period of hostility and separation. President Carter pledged to work for peace with China.
One important subject expected to be discussed between Mr. Teng and President Carter was the relationship of their two countries with the Soviet Union. Mr. Teng made an apparent reference in his arrival speech to the Soviet Union when he spoke about 'threats to peace'.
In an interview in Time magazine, he called for a united front against the Soviet Union by China, the United States and Japan. He said that if they wanted to place curbs on the 'polar bear' the only realistic thing to do was to unite.