INTRODUCTION: The defection to China of a Taiwanese pilot with his American designed jet has been hailed by Peking as a political coup and a useful military bonus.
GV Pilot Major Peter Huang Zhicheng greeted by officials
GV & CU PULL BACK TO GV Major Huang seated with officials (2 shots)
SV Chinese official PAN TO Major Huang (3 shots)
GV Pilot and officials pose for photographs
SV Major Huang receives cash award from official CU TO audience (2 shots)
GV Major Huang receives Chinese uniform, then PAN audience (2 shots)
GV Huang walks in, shakes hands with officials, then turns and salutes audience
GV Children present the Major with flowers PAN TO audience applauding (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The defection to China of a Taiwanese pilot with his American designed jet has been hailed by Peking as a political coup and a useful military bonus. The fighter aircraft which Major Peter Huang Zhicheng flew across the Taiwan Straits and landed at a Chinese military airfield on Saturday (8 August) is said to be more sophisticated than the planes of the Chinese Air Force.
SYNOPSIS: The defecting flyer, Major Peter Huang Zhicheng made headline news in the official press and received a hero's welcome.
The 29 year old pilot said his wish had come true as he had hoping to return to the mainland for a long time. He was also reported as saying that many other Taiwan compatriots longed for a peaceful reunion between the mainland and Nationalist-ruled Taiwan.
Chinese sources said Major Huang will probably be presented at public meetings around the country to repeat these sentiments. The major has already attended a welcoming banquet and a grand reception in the southeast city of Fuzhou.
China offers large sums to military personnel who defect with their equipment and a Communist-run Hong Kong newspaper quoted the rewards for the type of aircraft flown by Major Huang at around three million, 400,000 U.S. dollars. The defector was also presented with a Chinese Air Force uniform at the welcoming ceremony which he proudly displayed to the audience.
Taiwan said the jet disappeared after a flight emergency in which Major Huang ordered his co-pilot to bail out into the sea, but no mention was made of the defection. The scale of the welcome indicates Peking intends obtaining a propaganda advantage from the defection. Despite Taiwan's description of the aircraft as a reconnaissance jet, the Chinese press said it was equipped with missiles and advanced attack-radar.