The A.L.P visit to China... Today Mr. Whitlam and his party are seeing a different?
C 2 Reader & Cello (China Map)
ROLL FILM ON "on the visit"
TAKE ON "Talks"
INTERPRETER SOUND BEGINS:
CUE: Wide shot (after Whitlam)
CUE: Reporter (after Philippines)
INTERPRETER SOUND 1
CUE AFTER "I suppose"
THEY SHAKE HANDS
TRANSCRIPT: CHOU: "...I HERD THAT YOUR PARTY ADVOCATE THE COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL OF ALL THE U.S. FORCES OF AGGRESSION IN YOU HAVE SENT TO VIETNAM BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT. IS THAT SO,"
"...THAT IS SO..."
"BECAUSE THE PEOPLE.. THE PEOPLE OF THE VARIOUS COUNTRIES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS FOR THEMSELVES AND FOREIGN INTERFERENCE SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED".
"..AND THAT IS WHY ER WE ARE FOR THE WITHDRAWAL OF ALL U.S. FORCES UN FIRST OF ALL FROM THE FAR EAST AND FROM THE THOSE PLACES..(UNINTELLIGIBLE... FOR INSTANCE..SOUTH KOREA..JAPAN..CHINA' TAIWAN PROVINCE..THE PHILIPPINES".
..."WE HAVE FINE DISCUSSIONS"..
"THERE'S NO NEED FOR LONG DISCUSSIONS SO LONG AS WE ARE CONCURRENT ON THEM MAJOR PROBLEMS.. I SUPPOSE".
"YOU'RE VERY YOUNG"
"YOU'RE AS STRONG AS EVER......"
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Background: 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.