The American Defence Secretary, Harold Brown, said in China on Sunday (16 January) that the Soviet Union was trying to subjugate the people of Afghanistan.
SV AND CU U.S. Secretary of Defence Harold Brown out of aircraft and greeted by Vice Premier Geng Biao (5 shots)
SV AND CU Mr. Brown and Vice Premier Geng stand to attention in front of flag (2 shots)
LV AND TV PAN Guests watch as Mr. Brown inspects guard of honour (3 shots)
SV Mr. Brown shakes hands with guests
GV Cars arriving at Vice Premier's residence
SV Vice Premier Geng welcoming guests (2 shots)
CU AND SV Geng and Brown seated with other guests (5 shots)
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Background: The American Defence Secretary, Harold Brown, said in China on Sunday (16 January) that the Soviet Union was trying to subjugate the people of Afghanistan. He told his Chinese hosts that China and the United States could act together to defend their mutual interest. China also has strongly condemned the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Brown arrived in Peking on Saturday (15 January) for a week-long visit, principally to discuss ways in which the United States and China could work together against the Soviet action. He was greeted at the airport by the Chinese Vice Premier, Geng Biao. Mr. Geng is also the General Secretary of the Communist Party Military Commission.
Although the visit was planned several months ago, officials said events in Afghanistan had given it special significance. After inspecting a guard of honour, the Defence Secretary was driven into the city, where he attended at banquet in his honour given by the Defence Minister, Xu Xiangqian. He said in a speech that the United States had begun to realise the benefits of contacts between the military establishments of their tow countries.
Formal discussions began on Monday (7 January) with seven hours of talks with Chinese officials. American spokesman said the emphasis was on the Soviet intervention and its implications for Asia and the world. They discussed what could be done for Afghanistan's neighbour and south west Asia generally, and planed to work out more concrete details in the next two days.