The Chinese Foreign Minister, mr Huang Hua, who is on a four-day official visit to Britain, had far-ranging talks on Wednesday (11 October) with the Prime Minister, Mr Callaghan, and the Foreign Minister, Dr.
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GV EXTERIOR Pye Telecommunications Building
SCU Mr Huang Hua out of car and greeted
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TV Mr Huang Hua watching work in progress (TWO SHOTS)
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Background: The Chinese Foreign Minister, mr Huang Hua, who is on a four-day official visit to Britain, had far-ranging talks on Wednesday (11 October) with the Prime Minister, Mr Callaghan, and the Foreign Minister, Dr. David Owen. East-West relations, the United Nations and disarmament problem, the developments in the Middle East and Africa were among the topics discussed. Mr. Callaghan also told Mr. Huang, Chairman Hua Kuo-Feng would be a welcome visitor to Britain any time he chose. The Chinese Foreign Minister also renewed China's invitation for Mr Callaghan to pay an official visit to peking. The dates of both visits will be fixed through diplomatic channels.
SYNOPSIS: After his official talks on Thursday, the Chinese Foreign Secretary paid a visit to the London home of Mr. Edward Heath, the former Prime Minister. Mr Heath has visited China, and has maintained cordial relations with the leader ship which followed Chairman Mao. The emphasis on the exchange of visits was one of the recurring themes of Mr Huang's visit. Before he called on Mr Heath, the Foreign Minister had talks with the British Council about China's programme to send a thousand Chinese students to Britain in the next few years. Mr Heath was not the only Conservative politician to have talks with Mr Huang. He also had a meeting with Mrs Margaret Thatcher, the present leader of the party.
While high-level political talks dominated the visit, the Chinese visitor was also involved in matters of trade. On Friday Mr Huang travelled to the Pye Telecommunications Centre in Cambridge to see the latest advances in the technology being developed there.
Reports in British newspapers have pointed out that Peking is anxious to avoid relying entirely on the United States and Japan as potential suppliers of the technology needed for the country's ambitious programme of industrial modernisation. Chine has already placed large contracts not only in Britain, but also in West Germany, and it is expected they will place further orders around the end of the year.
Britain's relationship with China has strengthened over the last 12 months, with visits from the umber of top Chinese officials and three British Ministers making trips of Peking. Mr Huang leaves for Teheran on Saturday, for further talks before returning home.