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    Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang arrived in Zimbabwe on January 9 during his tour of eleven African nations.

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    1. SV PULL BACK TO GV Welcoming sign on airport building, military guard of honour 0.07
    2. SV PULL BACK TO GV Aircraft taxiing along Harare airport runway 0.15
    3. SV & SV PAN Prime Minister Mugabe embraces Premier Zhao Ziyang who then meets other officials (3 shots) 0.41
    4. SV PULL BACK TO GV Zhao introduced to military commanders, who salute and shake hands 1.07
    5. GV Guard of honour presents arms and lowers colours as national anthem played 1.18
    6. SCU PULL BACK TO GV Zhao and Mugabe stand at attention on dais 1.31
    7. GV Gun salute being fired as guard presents arms 1.40
    8. SV Zhao presented with flower garland, then Mugabe receives flowers 1.50
    9. SV & GV Women and children perform traditional dance as both leaders walk towards them 2.01
    10. CU PULL BACK TO GV Zhao and Mugabe enter car, motorcade with police escort drives off (3 shots) 2.20
    11. GV EXTERIOR State House 2.26
    12. SV President Canaan Banana waiting to greet Zhao who walks forward and shakes hands (2 shots) 2.58

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    Background: HARARE, ZIMBABWE

    Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang arrived in Zimbabwe on January 9 during his tour of eleven African nations. A large crowd joined Prime Minister Robert Mugabe at Harare airport for the official welcome, which resulted in tragedy when seven women were trampled to death and 64 people injured in a stampede. A military guard of honour and artillery salute also greeted the Chinese leader, along with women and children performing traditional dancing. China trained guerrillas for Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and supplied them with arms and food during the Rhodesian civil war, which resulted in elections which took the Zimbabwe Prime Minister to power. The two countries are trading partners, and recently signed an agreement (January) for China to build an international stadium in Harare. Before entering the first round of talks with Mr. Mugabe, Premier Zhao met Zimbabwe President Canaan Banana. Speaking at a banquet in his honour, the Chinese premier later said that Zimbabwe's independence had isolated South Africa and inspired the people of Namibia (South West Africa) in their fight for self-rule.


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