• Short Summary

    Before ending her 10-day visit to the People's Republic of China, Sri Lanka Prime Minister, Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike, last week (June 27) presented a baby elephant to Chinese children during a ceremony in Peking's indoor stadium.

  • Description

    Before ending her 10-day visit to the People's Republic of China, Sri Lanka Prime Minister, Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike, last week (June 27) presented a baby elephant to Chinese children during a ceremony in Peking's indoor stadium.

    On hand for the occasion were Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-lai, Sri Lanka and Chinese officials and mrs Bandaranaike's son, Anura Bandaranaike.

    The elephant -- called Mithura, meaning friend -- was given on behalf of the children of Sri Lanka. Mrs Bandaranaike said Mithura would serve as a living symbol of friendship between the children of both countries.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-lai expressed thanks for the gift and said Chinese children will present the children of Sri Lanka with a pair of white-lipped deer.

    Later in the week at a farewell banquet, Prime Minister Bandaranaike said Sri Lanka and the people's Republic of China had concluded a new economic aid agreement.

    The purpose of Mrs Bandaranaike's visit - her first since the formation of her new nation last may - was to thank China for its economic assistance since the first trade agreement was signed between China and Ceylon in 1952.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACCHLCO2KFD5NNCKMO8W7B9NHE
    Media URN:
    VLVACCHLCO2KFD5NNCKMO8W7B9NHE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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