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    The Chinese Leader Chairman Hua Guofeng early in his tour of Western Europe made reference to Peking's fears about the Soviet Union.

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    The Chinese Leader Chairman Hua Guofeng early in his tour of Western Europe made reference to Peking's fears about the Soviet Union. In his first major speech at an official dinner in Paris he accused Moscow of trying to take strategic bases, control sea routes and promote unrest in Africa and Asia. Chairman Hua was expected to discuss the Soviet Union's ??? policies and the situation ini Kampuchea during talks with the French President.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Hua began his second day in Paris by driving up the Champs Elysees to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe. It was a sombre, formal occasion which helped to emphasise Mr. Hua's aim of making friends in Western Europe. He also hopes to boost ??? between China and the countries on his itinerary. They include France, West Germany, Britain and Italy.

    Mr. Hua placed a large, red wreath on the tomb. In a speech earlier, he said that although Asia and Europe were far apart geographically, developments in the international situation have made China keenly aware that the basic interests of the people of the two continents are linked closely together. Observers took this to indicate that Mr. Hua considered Western Europe to be an important factor in opposing 'hegemonism', the term used by China to accuse the Soviet Union of expansionism.

    The official engagements for the first Chinese Communist Party Chairman to visit Western Europe included a call on the Mayor of Paris, Mr. Chirac. Some Paris business interests have expressed disappointment that France has dropped from fourth place to tenth among China's trading partners. Several high-ranking Chinese missions have visited France in recent years, but President Giscard d'Estaing has turned down orders for sophisticated weapons like Mirage jets. France will only sell defensive weapons like anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.

    In a back street of Paris Mr. Hua and President Giscard unveiled a plaque in memory of the late Chinese leader Chou Enlai. He lived in this house in the 1920s while he had a job working in the Ranault car factory. Mr. Hua said that together with his comrades in arms, ??? Enlai worked and carried on activities that were to make a major contribution to the revolutionary movement of China in those days. The room where Chou Enlai lived has been kept in its original condition.

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