INTRODUCTION: China celebrated its National Day on Thursday (1 October), the day after submitting an offer to Taiwan of talks on reunification between the two countries.
GV Tienanmen square decorated with red flags (2 shots)
LV Huge banner portraits of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin (2 shots)
LV Portrait of Sun Yat-Sen
LV Chinese flag
SV PULL BACK TO GV Mao's portrait on Gate of Heavenly Peace
LV & SV People looking at floral decorations around square (3 shots)
LV, SV & CU People sightseeing in park (4 shots)
SV & CU Children on funfair rides (3 shots)
SV & CU Children on more funfair rides
CU PULL BACK TO LV People singing and dancing in park
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Background: INTRODUCTION: China celebrated its National Day on Thursday (1 October), the day after submitting an offer to Taiwan of talks on reunification between the two countries. But Taiwan had already rejected the proposal before people began flocking to the streets and parks of the Chinese capital, Beijing, to mark the national holiday.
SYNOPSIS: Tienanmen Square in central Beijing was the focus of festivities to mark the 32nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic.
The usual huge portraits of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin overlooked the square, as well as that of Sun Yat-Sen, the nationalist leader who founded the republic, set up in 1911. And later Chairman mao Tsetung's portrait looked down from the Gate of Heavenly Peace.
Thousands of people of Beijing used the holiday as an opportunity to visit the parks and gardens of the capital. The authorities marked the occasion by calling on Taiwan to accept their unification proposal. The Communist Party newspaper the People's Daily said China hoped Taiwan President Chiang Ching-Kuo would respond positively to the initiative.
China's de facto head of state Ye Jianying had the previous day proposed direct talks with Taiwan and offered an unspecified form of power-sharing with the nationalists. But it was later learned that a Taiwan government spokesman had rejected the offer the same day.
China's leaders also used the day for play and relaxation as an occasion to issue a call for harder work from the people. An editorial in the National Day edition of the People's Daily said that now was a time for hard work. The paper said there would be no more changes -- the guidelines had been set. It noted that the people had become cynical as a result of frequent changes of course in the past. Such a mistake would not be repeated, the paper said, and as a result the morale of the people would rise.