There are conflicting interpretations attached to the unannounced visit to Hanoi by People's Republic of China Prime Minister Chou En Lai.
There are conflicting interpretations attached to the unannounced visit to Hanoi by People's Republic of China Prime Minister Chou En Lai. Mr. Chou, during the tour gave the impression that it was to promise redoubled aid to the country. The Americans saw it as a morale boosting tour and not as an indication, felt in some quarters, that China was willing to intervene in the South East Asian war. But whatever the reasons behind the visit, it does show that China is gradually emerging from its self-made exile.
Chou En Lai is the most travelled of the Chinese Government. On this occasion N.D.N. of Japan (the outlet for film from North Vietnam) was allowed to cover much of the tour, and as a result its one of the few colour films taken inside North Vietnam. Another rareity is shots of North Vietnamese leaders including Premier Phang Van Dong. Foreign Minister Nguyen Duy Trinh and Defence Minister Vo Anuyen Giap.
SYNOPSIS: The Prime Minister of the People's Republic of china, Mr Chou En Lai made an unannounced four day visit to Hanoi for talks with North Vietnamese leaders. This official film was shot by a cameraman from N.D.N. television in Tokyo, the official outlet for films from North Vietnam. It shows the arrival of the Chinese Prime Minister Prime Minister in the city. Thousands of people swamped his car as it pulled into the hall where he was to make a speech. At the meeting he spoke of the links between China and North Vietnam. He said that the Chinese Government and people had made full preparations against what he termed the "madness and recklessness of American imperialism". Nr Chou also promised that China will redouble its efforts and give more assistance to North Vietnam in the Indo-China war.
Mr Phang Van Dong, Premier of North Vietnam made a welcoming speech and then the two men went outside with the rest of the official party to pose for photographers. It was one of the rare times when the leaders of North Vietnam have been seen in public together.
Present were...an unnamed member of the Chinese delegation.. President Thong Duc Thang of North Vietnam, Chou En Lai, Premier Phang Van Dong and Vo Anuyen Giap, Minister of Defence.
The visit by Mr chou has been, interpreted in different ways. The Americans say it was to boost morale in North Vietnam which they say is flagging because of setbacks over the Laos invasion. In other quarters its been seen as a possible first step towards China sending troops into the Indo-China war....the only indication from the Chinese was Mr Chou's promise to redouble its efforts and give more assistance to North Vietnam.