INTRODUCTION: The Chinese Premier, Zhao Ziyang, has spoken, during a three-day visit to Thailand in Kampuchea.
GV Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang down aircraft steps at Bangkok airport, greeted by General Prem Tinsulanonda and other officials
GV Children at airport with flags
SV Zhao receiving garland from General Prem
GV Thai military officers watching
GV Zhao and General Prem inspecting guard of honour, as band plays (2 shots)
GV TILT UP TO Chinese and Thai flags
GV EXTERIOR Government House
SV INTERIOR Two leaders taking seats for photocall
GV Leaders seated
SV Zhao taking seat for news conference
SV Officials at podium table
SCU Zhao speaking to newsmen
LV Newsmen listening to Zhao
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Chinese Premier, Zhao Ziyang, has spoken, during a three-day visit to Thailand in Kampuchea. Mr. Zhao on Sunday (1 February) supported the efforts of bringing together all the anti-Vietnamese groups in Kampuchea. Observers saw this as a move to draw China and the Association of Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN) closer in their stand against Kampuchea. Two days earlier, the Chinese Premier had arrived in Thailand to what the Bangkok World newspaper described as "one of the warmest welcomes.. ever extended to a visiting important dignitary".
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Zhao, accompanied by the Chinese Foreign Minister, Huang Hua, was the first Chinese premier to visit Thailand. His large welcoming group included Thailand's Prime Minister, Prem Tinsulanonda, and many elderly Chinese residents. Bangkok newspapers pointed out that diplomats from all Soviet Korea did not come to the airport.
Premier Zhao was making his three-day visit at the invitation of the Thai government. He was to say that China and Thailand were friendly neighbours, whose two people had forged a deep friendship with each other throughout years of contact. General Prem made a recent visit to China. Very shortly after Mr. Zhao 's arrival, the two leaders had a 90-minute meeting, at which they showed mutual coolness towards recent Indochinese moves on Kampuchea. Three countries -- Vietnam, Laos and Kampuchea -- had proposed a regional conference with ASEAN countries. They also offered to pull some Vietnamese troops out of Kampuchea if Thailand ceased its alleged aid to anti-government guerrillas there.
Premier Zhao held a news conference in Bangkok on Sunday (1 February), after two days of discussions with Thai leaders. Mr. Zhao was to tell newsmen he rejected the regional conference idea, because he felt it lacked substance. He did, however, support efforts to united resistance groups in Kampuchea.
Mr. Zhao touched on a sensitive point when he said China had only "ideological and moral relations" with communist parties in ASEAN countries -- Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. China's material support for these parties has fallen in recent years, but the ASEAN governments have pressed Peking to renounce the links altogether. The Chinese, however, believed such a move would create a vacuum that pro-Soviet ideologist would fill.