One hundred thousand people gave the Maltese Minister, Mr. Dom Mintoff, a tumultuous welcome when?
One hundred thousand people gave the Maltese Minister, Mr. Dom Mintoff, a tumultuous welcome when he arrived in Peking at the beginning of his five-day visit to the Chinese capital.
At the airport, Mr. Mintoff was greeted by Premier Chou En-Lai, and within hours the two men held their first round of talks.
Also at the airport, according to information supplied with this film by Peking Television, were crowds shouting support for the Maltese Government in "their just struggle to safeguard their state sovereignty and national independence."
Speaking in Hong Kong on Sunday (9 April), at the end of his visit to China, Mr. Mintoff said his talks in Peking would enable Malta to set up industries to serve the Chinese market. Mr. Mintoff described his meetings as successful.
SYNOPSIS: Peking Airport -- and the arrival of an overseas Prime Minister.
Premier Chou En-Lai was there in person to greet Malta's Mr. Dom Mintoff. The personal handshake from Chou was only part of the welcome. Thousands of people ware at the airport, and as formal greetings took place they shouted their support for Malta and its people.
a military band was on hand - and before he left the airport, Mr. Mintoff was asked to inspect a three hundred man guard of honour.
Then, Chou En-Lai and Mr. Mintoff walked past rows of cheering people, acknowledging the loud applause. Mr. Mintoff's government established diplomatic relations with Peking at the end of January. His visit to the Chinese capital came only a short time after the prolonged negotiations between Britain and Malta over the future of military bases in his country were successfully concluded From the airport, Mr. Mintoff was driven to the Chinese Government's official Guest House.
By far the largest crowds were waiting along the route of the motorcade as it made its way into Peking. Altogether a hundred thousand people stood and cheered as Mr. Mintoff passed. Mr. Mintoff was to spend five days in Peking before flying to Southern China for two days's rest.
The first of several meetings between Chou En-Lai and Mr. Mintoff took place a few hours after the Maltese Prime Minister arrived.
Mr. Mintoff brought to Peking a large delegation, including his Minister of Public Works, Mr. Edgar Mizzi. Joining Chou En-Lai on the Chinese side of the table -- the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chiao Kuan-hua and the Vice-Minister of Economic Relations with Foreign Countries, Han Tsung-Cheng. Laster, at the end of his trip, Mr. Mintoff was to say that these talks had been a success-and that they will enable Malta to set up industries to serve the Chinese market.