In Yugoslavia, the Chinese Communist Party Chairman Hua Kuo-feng received a rousing welcome from 400,000 people when he toured Belgrade on Monday (21 August).
In Yugoslavia, the Chinese Communist Party Chairman Hua Kuo-feng received a rousing welcome from 400,000 people when he toured Belgrade on Monday (21 August). This reception followed similar demonstrations of friendship displayed when Chairman Hua earlier visited Bucharest during his tour of Rumania, Yugoslavia and Iran. On Chairman Ha's arrival in Belgrade, both he and Yugoslavian President Josip Broz Tito criticised what they see as deliberate efforts to split the group of non-aligned countries.
SYNOPSIS: President Tito is the last surviving founder of the 87-nation non-aligned movement, and Chairman Hua sees the movement as a way of countering big-power influence in the Third World. President Tito has pursued policies independent of Moscow, and under his leadership relations between Yugoslavia and China have recently improved, after a long period of hostility.
Chairman Hua provoked criticism from Moscow fro his statements earlier in the tour. Reuters say the Soviet Union sees his visit as an attempt to gain a foothold in a traditionally Soviet sphere of influence. At a banquet in his honour in Belgrade, Chairman Hua further denounced what he called Soviet expansionist policies, and President Tito opposed efforts to tilt the non-aligned nations towards Moscow, and to spilt the movement. A toast reinforced the harmony between the two leaders.