Only one small section of Hong Kong's population expressed any emotion about the news of President Nixon's proposed visit to the People's Republic of China, tentatively scheduled for some time before May 1971.
TGV Overlooking Hong Kong and Kowloon
LV PAN Hong Kong street scene
SV TRACK NI TO CU Newspaper vendor with paper headlines "Nixon to visit China"
TV & SV Newspaper vendors on ferry quayside
CU Man reads newspaper
SV & CU People on ferry reading papers (3 shots)
TGV & CU Rennie's Mill Estate and sign
LV & CU Taiwan flag flying (3 shots)
SV & CU Portrait of Sun Yat Son in public reading room
TV Taiwan flag flying over building
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Background: Only one small section of Hong Kong's population expressed any emotion about the news of President Nixon's proposed visit to the People's Republic of China, tentatively scheduled for some time before May 1971.
The inhabitants of the rural village of Rennie's Mill, a stronghold of Taiwan supporters, were alarmed at the apparent turn of events. Many of them firmly believe that Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek's regime will carry out its pledge to "depose the Peking Government and unite China...with the help of the United States." Many of the villagers of Rennie's Mill were stunned and bewildered by the news.
SYNOPSIS: Hong Kong, the stepping stone of the Western world to China, took Friday's news of President Nixon's proposed visit to the People's Republic of China before May 1972 in its stride. The political implications of the proposed visit made little impact on the average Hong Kong resident.
The island has a large business community among its four million residents. Many of the businessmen are more interested in the potential profits to be made from closer Sino-American relations rather than the political implications which may result from the President's planned visit. But in one residential area of Hong Kong, some people have been stunned and bewildered at the news.
The people of the rural village Rennie's Mill are firmly behind Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek's regime in Taiwan. Many of them see President Nixon's proposed visit as a snub to the Taiwan Government...on the whole they have remained silent on the news.
The villagers still believe the Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek will carry out his pledge to "unite China ad depose the Peking Government with American support."