The A.L.P visit to China... Today Mr. Whitlam and his party are seeing a different?
The A.L.P visit to China... Today Mr. Whitlam and his party are seeing a different aspect of life in China. They're visiting an operating theatre in a hospital attached to Peking's Medical College to watch an operation performed by using acupuncture instead of an anaesthetic. Pins are inserted into various parts of the patients body to deaden the nerves and the operation is performed with the patient fully conscious. The ABC's reporter travelling with the delegation says that so far Mr. Whitlam has reserved comment on the outcome of his talks with the Chinese Prime Minister, Mr. Chou En Lai. This has been the high point of the visit so far.
The talks took place in Peking's great Hall of the People.
With an audience of Australian newsmen and Chinese government officials, Mr. Chou repeatedly tried to get Mr. Whitlam to denounce the Anzus treaty. Mr. Whitlam refused stressing the treaty was defensive Mr. Chou returned to the subject of Vietnam.
The talks had lasted for more than one hour.
Then Mr. Chou made a light-hearted comment on Mr. Whitlam's age.