United States President Gerald Ford and Chinese Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping conferred for more than two hours in Peking on Tuesday (2 December) in an atmosphere overshadowed by disagreement on American detente with the Soviet Union.
GV Presidential car arrives at Great hall of the People, party out of car and walks to Great Hall.
CU Chinese Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping welcomes President Ford.
CU Henry Kissinger seated at table during talks ZOOM OUT TO President Ford talking across table.
SCU Teng during talks and GV both delegations seated at table.
SCU Vice-Premier Teng and interpreter.
GV AND SV President and Mrs. Ford entering ancient Temple of Heaven. (2 shots)
SV INT. President and Mrs. Ford touring temple. (4 shots)
SV Fords leaving the temple.
On the second day of his visit to China, U.S. President Gerald Ford held more than two hours of talks with Chinese Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping at the Great Hall of the People. For the rest of the story, we take in this report;
REPORTER: There was no announced agenda for the first private talks on this visit. As Mr. Ford arrived at the Great Hall of the People this morning one American official said they would just be talking about the world in general. Mr. Ford had a strongly-worded lecture on the evils of detente with the Soviet Union during the official toast at last night's banquet. U.S. officials expected more of the same today. China's Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping who did the lecturing last night was all smiles today. U.S. officials insisted again today that Mr. Ford was not offended by last night's lecture. During the start of the meeting, there was some light chatter about smoking but when the smoke cleared officials on both sides offered virtually nothing of substance on what transpired. (laughter)
After the meeting President Ford joined Mrs. Ford for a visit to the ancient Temple of Heaven.
President Ford has already seen many of Peking's sights as a Congressman in 1972. But sight-seeing is a part of the diplomatic ritual here. Today, he and Mrs. Ford spent part of the afternoon at the ancient Temple of Heaven, the most well-known temple in all of China. According to legend, the temple was hit by lighting in the 1800's.
A thunderbolt had struck a centipede that dared to desecrate it by falling on the roof. Today, it's one of Paking's main tourist stops and clear skies prevailed throughout the Fords' visit.
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Background: United States President Gerald Ford and Chinese Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping conferred for more than two hours in Peking on Tuesday (2 December) in an atmosphere overshadowed by disagreement on American detente with the Soviet Union.
There was no immediate word on the content of the discussions but informed sources had said the two sides would examine world affairs region by region.
At a welcoming banquet for the American leader the night before, Mr. Teng warned that American- Soviet detente was masking a growing danger of World War.
The Chinese Vice-Premier also said that normalising Sino-American relations was less important than stopping Soviet hegemony.
When President Ford arrived at the Great Hall of the People where the talks were held, he was greeted by Mr. Teng.
The American side at the talks included Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, George Bush, American envoy in Peking, and Phillip Habib, Assistant Secretary for East Asian affairs.
The Chinese team included Foreign Minister Chiao Kuan-Hua and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miss Wang Hai-Jung.
At the end of the meeting, the President and Mrs. Ford visited Peking's famous temple of heaven with Chinese Vice-Premier Li Hsien-Nien.
The temple, where ancient Emperors went to beg forgiveness for their people's sins was Imperial China's most famous place of worship.