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.
GV EXT. Peking stadium
SV INT. PAN from crowd to LV stadium floor
SV Baby elephant brought forward for presentation to children
SCU Chou En-lai
SCU Anura Bandaranaike (son)
SV Children in audience (2 shots)
SV Elephant with handlers
SV Audience (2 shots)
SV Chou En-lai & Bandaranaike with elephant, flowers presented
SV Audience applauds
GV Chou En-lai & Bandaranaike pose with elephant
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Background: 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.