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    VERGIL BERGER, REUTER'S CORRESPONDENT IN PEKING, HAS LEFT THE CAPITAL AFTER TWO-AND-A-HALF YEARS. THERE ARE?

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    VERGIL BERGER, REUTER'S CORRESPONDENT IN PEKING, HAS LEFT THE CAPITAL AFTER TWO-AND-A-HALF YEARS. THERE ARE ONLY TWO WESTERN CORRESPONDENTS IN PEKING, AND BERGER, AS ONE OF THEM, WAS IN AN EXCELLENT POSITION TO SEE THE CHANGES IN THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA DURING THE TIME HE WAS THERE. WHEN HE ARRIVED, IN OCTOBER 1964, THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA WAS IN A BUOYANT MOOD. PRIME MINISTER CHOU EN LAI'S TOUR OF AFRICA AND ASIA A FEW MONTHS EARLIER HAD BOOSTED CHINESE PRESTIGE ABROAD. ON OCTOBER 14TH THE SOVIET PRIME MINISTER MR. KHRUSHCHEV HAD SUDDENLY RESIGNED, AND THERE WERE PROSPECTS OF HEALING THE SINO-SOVIET RIFT IN THE COMMUNIST IDEOLOGY OF THE TWO GREAT STATES. AND AT HOME, ON OCTOBER 16TH, CHINA EXPLODED ITS FIRST NUCLEAR DEVICE. BUT IN THE MONTHS THAT FOLLOWED CHINESE PRESTIGE ABROAD WANED, HARVESTS FAILED TO MEET EXPECTATIONS, THE SINO-SOVIET RIFT WIDENED AND THE RED GUARDS SPRUNG OUT OF THE TURMOIL IN CHINA DURING THE LAST FEW MONTHS OF BERGER'S TERM. CHANGES IN THE NATION'S LEADERSHIP LED TO DEFENCE MINISTER LIN PIAO EMERGING AS THE MAN TO SUCCEED CHAIRMAN MAO TSE TUNG. ALTHOUGH CHAIRMAN MAO'S POSITION WAS SELDOM IN DOUBT, RUMOURS OF HIS ILL-HEALTH SWEPT THE WORLD AS HIS PUBLIC APPEARANCES BECAME MORE RARE.

    OUT REPORTER IN HONG KONG ASKED BERGER ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF CHAIRMAN MAO HAVING A DOUBLE.......

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    Film ID:
    VLVADCIQJ4TN1GDE70MIEFB9Y2BCQ
    Media URN:
    VLVADCIQJ4TN1GDE70MIEFB9Y2BCQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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