Chou En Lai, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China, is in Rumania for an eight-day official visit.
Chou En Lai, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China, is in Rumania for an eight-day official visit. He arrived in the capital, Bucharest, on Thursday (16th June).
On Friday (17th June), Mr Chou held a four-hour meeting with Rumania's Communist chief, Mr Nicolae Ceausescu. Among those accompanying Mr Ceausescu was the Prime Minister, Mr Gheorghe Maurer, who led the party which met Chou at Bucharest Airport the day before.
In his arrival speech, Chou praised Rumania's fight against "attempts at control and interference from outside" and defending its sovereignty.
In the intervals between high pressure talks with Rumanian leaders, Chou has an active programme of visits to factories, institutions of various kinds, ordinary sightseeing in Bucharest and on the Black Sea, and at least one occasion for a big set speech at a friendship rally.
One of the first places Chou visited (on Friday) was the August the Twenty-third metallurgical works - named after Rumanian Independence Day in Bucharest. It turns out railway tank wagons, diesel engines, equipment for the iron and steel industry and travelling cranes.
According to an official release the next day, Chou spoke to Rumanian party and government leaders at a banquet luncheon, on Friday. He referred to anti-Communist tendencies in China and spoke of China's "great cultural revolution" - a rooting out of suspect influences among the nation's intelligentia - as "a key problem which concerns the destiny of our party and our country."
He told the Rumanians, "The main edge of this cultural revolution is turned against a handful of anti-party, anti-socialist and counter-revolutionary bourgeois intellectuals."