INTRODUCTION: In a speech on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the fall of the last Chinese Emperor, Communist Party Chairman Hu Yaobang invited Taiwan's President, Chiang Ching-Kuo to visit the Chinese mainland.
GV EXTERIOR Great Hall in Peking.
GV INTERIOR Delegates seated.
SV PAN Leaders taking places on podium.
SCU Chairman Hu speaking (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN President Chiang Ching-Kuo boards US warshiP. (2 SHOTS)
TRACKING SHOT Marching troops.
GV Men enter fortress gate a Quemoy. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK GV Heavy gun battery. (3 SHOTS)
CU Map of Taiwan and Chinese coast TILT UP TO observers looking at coast. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In a speech on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the fall of the last Chinese Emperor, Communist Party Chairman Hu Yaobang invited Taiwan's President, Chiang Ching-Kuo to visit the Chinese mainland.
SYNOPSIS: The anniversary on Saturday (10 October), of the fall of the Manchu dynasty and the founding of the first Republic of China by Sun Yat Sen, will be marked by a speech by a senior Chinese leader, possibly the powerful Vice-Chairman Deng Xiaoping. Chairman Hu Yaobang, Communist Party Chairman, told a rally of 10,000 people in Peking's Great Hall of the People on Friday (9 October) that Taiwanese from all walks of life, together with their leaders would be welcomed to visit the Chinese mainland. The Chairman stressed what the Communists consider to be the fairness and sincerity of their offer to Taiwan, which still insists that China should renounce Communism before re-unification talks can begin. Mr. Hu also indicated that if the Nationalists agreed to the chinese initiative contact could be established and barriers removed.
The anniversary will be marked in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, with the biggest parade the city has seen. The military hardware that will be displayed is a clear indication that Taiwan is not interested in the Chinese overtures. President Chiang Ching Kuo is known to be sceptical of China's offer. The country of Taiwan is run on capitalist lines and its trade is greater than China's. Its exports have a world-wide market, and its per capita income is eight times that of the mainland Chinese.
Both Nationalist and Communists claim descent from Sun Yat Sen, founder of the first Republic. The Taiwanese people would be scared of the government accepting any deal with the Chinese for fear of having to accept Communism as a way of life. Many Taiwanese, however, look on China as their homeland and would like to return. Behind the hard-line rejections to the Chinese is a message to try again in 10 or 15 years' time.