Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Chen on Thursday (9 November) saw a flying display by Britain's vertical take-off Harrier jet near London.
TV Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Chen and delegation grouped round Harrier aircraft
SV Wang Chen talking to Harrier pilots
CU AND CVs Cameramen take pictures of Wang Chen posing with pilots and officials (3 shots)
LV Harrier making conventional take-off as Chinese delegation look on (2 shots)
LV and SV Officials watch Harrier hovering and performing reverse turn which Chinese delegate films (2 shots)
SV Wang Chen being shown Harrier cockpit by pilot
CU and SCU Wang Chen in Harrier cockpit talking to pilot (2 shots)
After looking at the Harrier, Mr. Wang and his colleagues went to the House of Lords where, says the London Daily Telegraph, they were "amazed" not to meet noted peers who had recently visited China. On Friday (10 November), Mr. Wang was scheduled to visit the Rolls-Royce works at Derby to watch Spey engines, designed for China, being built. Later in his eleven-day visit, Mr. Wang was to see British Prime Minister James Callaghan and Foreign Secretary Dr. David Owen.
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Background: Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Chen on Thursday (9 November) saw a flying display by Britain's vertical take-off Harrier jet near London. Mr. Wang, the highest-ranking Chinese official ever to visit Britain, heads a trade mission making a visit there.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Wang, who is in charge of China's gigantic defence industry, saw the Harrier at a British Aerospace plant. The Harrier is the West's only warplane capable of vertical and short take-off. It can operate from roads and forest clearings, and is very agile.
Reports said that Mr. Wang, in talks with the British Board of Trade, had put the jump-jet high on the list of China's military needs. The Chinese had first shown interest in the Harrier in 1972, but reported misunderstandings have so far prevented their placing an order. The Harrier would give support for Chinese ground troops in rough terrain on their long border with the Soviet Union.