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    The Chinese leader Hua Kuo-feng has paid his first visit aborad. The Communist Party chairman?

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    The Chinese leader Hua Kuo-feng has paid his first visit aborad. The Communist Party chairman and Premier arrived in North Korea on Friday (5 May) and was expected to stay about four days.

    SYNOPSIS: Chairman Hua's motorcade, travelling through the streets of the North Korean capital Pyongyang, was cheered by thousands of people who lined the route to welcome him.

    He was accompanied in the open car by the President of North Korea, Kim Il Sung, who last visited Peking in 1975. Also travelling with Chairman Hua were Chinese Vice-Premier Keng Piao, Foreign Minister Huang Hua and Vice-President Chen Mu-hua. The party's talks with president Kim were expected to concentrate on economic issues and North-South Korean problems.

    At the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium large crowds waited to celebrate the historic visit. Thousands of dancers performed for the visitors and the massed crowds waved flags and flowers. Chairman Hua was presented with a statuette entitled "Comrades in Arms Knot with Blood Ties". The Korean Central News Agency said the gift was a symbol of friendship between Korean and Chinese soldiers.

    North Korea's official daily newspaper described the visit as the realisation that the two countries' destinies were "as inseparably related to each other as teeth to lips".

    Diplomatic analysts in Peking see the visit as a continuation of china's more active, outgoing foreign policy after more than a decade of turmoil in Chinese life since the cultural revolution in the mid 1960s. The late Chairman Mao Tse-tung is believed not to have left China since his last visit to Moscow in 1957. The late former Prime Minister, Chou En-Lai, ceased going abroad after 1966.

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