The United States and China have agreed on steps they will take to strengthen region defences in the face of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
SV: U.S. Defence Secretary Harold Brown mounting vantage point to watch military manoeuvres near Peking.
GV AND CU: Tanks in action and Brown watching through field glasses (3 shots)
GV PAN: Tanks firing guns
SV, CU: Tanks passing in view (3 shots)
CU: Brown shakes hands with tank crews
SV INTERIOR: Chairman Hua Guo-feng shakes hands with Brown
CU AND SV PAN: Hua and Brown walk to seats with their aides. (3 shots)
CU AND SV: Hua and Brown talking with aid of interpreters (3 shots)
SV AND LV: Newsmen make noted as Hua and Brown continue talking. (2 shots)
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Background: The United States and China have agreed on steps they will take to strengthen region defences in the face of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. U.S. Defence Secretary Harold Brown told a news conference on Wednesday (9 January) that the two sides had discussed at length what he described as the brutal and outrageous invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Brown made his announcement after talks with Chinese leaders in Peking, the same day he was taken to observed military exercises near the capital.
He told newsmen later that the United States still had no plans to sell arms to China, and that the Chinese had not raised the issue. But, he said, exchange of technology had been discussed at length - the United States has agreed to supply China a satellite around station with theoretical military use.
Concerning the Soviet Union's action in Afghanistan, Mr Brown said the views of his country and that the Chairman Hua Guo-Fen???'s were very closely parallel. Mr. Brown said Chairman Hua agreed that other nations in the region must strengthen themselves.
Mr. Brown added that Chairman Hua had promised that the Chinese, like the United States,would take "appropriate steps for this strengthening. But he would not be more specific, saying it was not yet the time for revealing details. According to Mr. Brown the Afghanistan crisis shows the practical value of the new friendship between the United States and Chine. Relations between the two countries were made normal a year ago. The present dialogue was deepening the basis for their relationship in the 1980's.