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    Chinese Vice Premier Teng Hsiao Ping has been visiting the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal and after two days of official talks spent his third and last day in a more relaxed atmosphere.

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    Chinese Vice Premier Teng Hsiao Ping has been visiting the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal and after two days of official talks spent his third and last day in a more relaxed atmosphere.

    SYNOPSIS: On Sunday (5 February) Mr Teng and his party set off from the capital, Kathmandu to visit the ancient city of Patan, about three miles (5 Kilometres) away. A monument to the skills of the Newaris, the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu valley, Patan was built in the year 298 AD and is a city of magnificently carved wood pagodas and temples. On Sunday the population turned out in force to greet the Chinese leader with considerable enthusiasm.

    Links between China and Nepal are traditionally and geographically well rooted -- and Mr Teng was accorded the welcoming honour of a garland of sweet-smelling flowers as he started out on his tour of Patan. For the past 10 years China has been one of Nepal's major aid donors along with neighbouring India and the United States.

    However, according to Reuters, political observers in Kathmandu have been left with the impression that Mr Teng's visit, hailed in advance as highly significant, was not as productive as had been expected. At a dinner at the Chinese embassy it was announced that a Chinese team would visit Nepal soon to study various new old projects. But in a surprise press briefing Mr Teng expressed reservations over a Nepalese attempt to involve China in a huge regional project to harness the eastern rivers of Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

    Before leaving Nepal Mr Teng and his party were treated to a close look at the beauties of the Himalayan scenery. With Nepalese Prime Minister Kirtinidhi Bista and other officials the Chinese party spent time picnicking at the Godwari botanical gardens some 12 miles (17 kilometres) from Kathmandu. Godwari is one of the holiest places in Buddhist and Hindu Nepal and is situated in dense tropical rainforest.

    Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Han Nien Lung was also among the guests. The Chinese party later left Kathmandu by plane on their way home via Che?gt? in Szechuan province.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACEJ4QNKMXDJNWEQZUYGT9VNOA
    Media URN:
    VLVACEJ4QNKMXDJNWEQZUYGT9VNOA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/02/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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