A top-level Chinese delation has returned to Peking after holding talks in Phnom Penh, believed to centre on Cambodia's four-month old border war with Vietnam.
A top-level Chinese delation has returned to Peking after holding talks in Phnom Penh, believed to centre on Cambodia's four-month old border war with Vietnam. Reuters reported that Western diplomats in Peking and Bangkok saw the visit as display of support for Cambodia, and as an opportunity for the Chinese to make a private appeal for a settlement between the two conflicting communist states.
SYNOPSIS: The Chinese delegation was headed by the widow of Premier Chou En-Lai, Madame Teng ying-Chao, a member of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee. Top Cambodian officials greeted the party on their arrival at the capital, Phnom Penh.
During their four-day stay the Chinese visited the famous Angkor Wat temple, north of Phnom Penh, taking time off from the more serious official business of their mission.
Built early in the twelfth century, Angkor Wat is one of the most important eastern Buddhist shrines, and is considered to be one of the most amerciable architectural achievements of its time.
It has long been a focal point of major interest for visitors to Cambodia, and Madame Teng was no exception. But most of her visit was devoted to work.
Earlier she has held talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Pol Pot, and later she was to meet other top Cambodian officials.
Radio Phnom Penh reported that Madame Teng had emphasised Peking's warm regard for the Cambodian government, and had noted the growing friendship between their two countries. It did not mention whether the talks covered the border fighting between Cambodia and Vietnam. However, at the time of the Chinese visits, there were reports of further border fighting in the northern Rattamakiri province.