Chinese Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping (Deng Xiaoping) arrived in Japan on Tuesday (6 February) on a two-day unofficial visit following his tour of the United States.
Chinese Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping (Deng Xiaoping) arrived in Japan on Tuesday (6 February) on a two-day unofficial visit following his tour of the United States. Mr Teng was reported to be exhausted and suffering from a cold on his arrival in Tokyo. His nine-day tour of the United States was the result of the recent re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Peking and Washington. During his stay in Tokyo, Mr Teng was expected to discuss with the Japanese leaders Sino-Japanese relations and developments in South East Asia.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Teng was greeted at Tokyo's Haneda Airport by a Japanese government delegation, led by Foreign Minister Sunao Sonoda. About eight thousand police imposed tight security on the airport. The seventy-four year old Chinese leader had to cancel his first official engagements in Tokyo because of ill-health. American government officials said his just-completed tour of the United States had been very successful.
Among the foreign dignitaries welcoming Mr Teng was the United States Ambassador to Japan, Mr Mike mansfield. The ties that both the United States and Japan have established with China have caused them to consider the affects on their relations with the Soviet Union Mr Teng's verbal attacks on Soviet 'hegemony' while in the United States reportedly increased anxieties on that score.
Mr Teng's visit comes at a time when relations between Tokyo and Moscow are said to be more strained than usual. Military sources said the Soviet Union has gone ahead with missile tests near the Japanese-claimed Kurile Islands. On his arrival Mr Teng was confined to his hotel with a cold.