A group of American students of the Committee of Concerned Asian Students has just returned from a visit to the People's Republic of China.
CU Paul Pickowice speaks
CU Pickowice and other students speaking after questions by correspondent
FIRST STUDENT: "We regard the trip as a huge success. We came as a friendship delegation and were received as friends everywhere we went. Frequently we were invited into the homes of people of all walks of life. The spontaneous warmth and friendliness of the Chinese people made a deep and lasting impression upon us. Everywhere people asked us to extend to the American people their best wished. Now that out trip is over we hope to use every means at our disposal to explain as best we can to the American people what new China is all about."
REPORTER: "I wonder if you can attempt to explain what the Chinese motives might have been in inviting you, and in that connection you must know that there's some interest in the Chou meeting, the fact that his (INDISTINCT) were mostly party people rather than educators or cultural people that you might have more in common with."
FRANK CAHILL: "Well we talked with Chinese in an official capacity. We talked naturally about the ping pong team, naturally about the American correspondents who'd been in since the ping pong team the two American scientists who came in for two weeks stay and future possible groups and individuals coming in. The general impression was that why were these people let in? Because they were asking to come in, because this was a time in history when all kinds of people in the United States wanted this and to give a little anecdote. We came into Peking for two days and we went out to (INDISTINCT) and a few other places and we came back again, and we asked one of the guides who had been with us in Peking and who did not come with us on the other trip what he had been doing in the meantime. He said he'd been translating letters, and we asked what kind of letters, and he said letters from Americans wanting to come to china. Apparently he himself has done about 300 translations by himself in that one week period. The point is that enormous numbers of people from all walks of life want to come and the Chinese feel why not.
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Background: A group of American students of the Committee of Concerned Asian Students has just returned from a visit to the People's Republic of China. At a news conference in Hong Kong, they said they gained the impression that the Chinese Government was becoming more willing to allow a greater number of Americans to enter the country.