Almost the entire leadership of the People's Republic of China led 10,000 people in a mass rally in Peking on Friday (2 Feb) to celebrate the ceasefire in Vietnam.
GV INTERIOR..People applauding Le Duc The PAN to Tho as he start to speak
SV Premier Chou En Lai with North Vietnamese representatives, listening to speech
GV PAN..Crowded hall
LV Le Due Tho speaking
GV People applaud (2 shots)
LV Le Duc Tho leaves speakers' platform and is embraced; North Vietnamese leader and Chou En Lai
SV Friendship banners are carried on stage PAN UP to Vietnamese flags
SV Premier Chou EN Lai shaking hands with Le Duc Tho and banners are presented to Vietnamese leaders
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Background: Almost the entire leadership of the People's Republic of China led 10,000 people in a mass rally in Peking on Friday (2 Feb) to celebrate the ceasefire in Vietnam.
The guests of honour at the rally were the Chief North Vietnamese Peace Negotiator, Le Duc Tho, and the Vietnamese Foreign Minister, Guyen Duy Trinh.
The Vietnamese leaders were entertained at the rally by Premier Chou En Lai, Chairman Mao's wife Chiang Ching, and the vice-chairmen of the Military Commission, Yeh Ehien Ying. Chairman Mao Tse Tung was not at the rally.
Le Due Tho said that his people - in both zones - still had to wage a hard and complex struggle before they could reach their aim of building a peaceful, unified, independent, democratic and prosperous Vietnam.
The rally finished with North Vietnamese and People's Republic of China leaders exchanging banners, emblazoned with slogans of friendship.
SYNOPSIS: Nearly ten-thousand people packed the Great Hall of People in Peking on Friday for a rally to celebrate the end of the war in Vietnam. They were addressed by almost all the leaders of the Republic.
Beneath huge flags from the People's Republic of China, North Vietnam and the flags of the Viet Cong, the North Vietnamese leaders sat with the Chinese leaders including Premier Chou En Lai, and Chairman Mao's wife, Chiang Ching. Mao Tse Tung himself did not attend the public rally. He met the visitors from North Vietnam the night before in his house.
In his address, North Vietnam's Peace negotiator, Le Due Tho, praised what he called 'The jubilant atmosphere of Brotherhood' between the peoples of Vietnam and the peoples of China. He also said that the peace agreement was only an initial victory for Vietnam.
The huge crowd applauded when Le Duc Tho said that there was still a long way to go before his people were really happy. He said it would be a hard and complex struggle to achieve a peaceful, unified, independent, prosperous Vietnam.
The rally finished with North Vietnamese and Chinese leaders exchanging scarlet and yellow banners emblazoned with slogans of friendship.