• Short Summary

    China-watchers in Hong Kong were busy on Wednesday following up the announcement that the People's Republic of china has decided to abandon this year's traditional national day parade in Peking on October 1.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Hong Kong
    0.05

    2.
    MS Chinese reading newspapers with Mao headlines (3 shots)
    0.14

    3.
    GV Radio aerials top of Hong Kong island (2 shots)
    0.19

    4.
    MV Radio monitor at reuters tuning into Peking Radio (2 shots)
    0.35

    5.
    MV Journalist scans NCNA teleprinter (3 shots)
    0.45

    6.
    GV Sank of China
    0.50

    7.
    LV Scaffolding around Bank (2 shots)
    1.00)

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    LV On top of Bank sign "Long live chairman Mao" (2 shots)
    1.05

    9.
    GV & MV Communist shop decoration and displays (3 shots)
    1.25



    Initials BB/2313 CM/AW/BB/2308



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: China-watchers in Hong Kong were busy on Wednesday following up the announcement that the People's Republic of china has decided to abandon this year's traditional national day parade in Peking on October 1.

    The journalists and radio monitors watched the media for information from China. Local communists meanwhile went ahead with their plans to celebrate Chine's national day in the usual way.

    SYNOPSIS: China-watchers in Hong Kong were busy on Wednesday following up the announcement that the People's Republic of China has decided to abandon this year's traditional national day parade in Peking on October 1. Early reports of the cancellation led to world-wide speculation about the health of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, the 79 year-old Chinese leader. Radio monitors tuned into Peking to listen for anything to substantiate the reports, while journalists scanned incoming copy from the New China News Agency for any hints.

    Despite Peking's decision, Hong Kong Communists were pressing ahead with preparations to celebrate the National Day next Friday. Scaffolding for decorations was going up outside the Bank of China. The slogan on top of the bank, reading 'Long Live Chairman Mao', was put up only recently, replacing another slogan which said Chairman Mao would never be defeated.

    Shops specialising in products from the People's Republic of China and Communist travel agencies are also going ahead with the usual decorations. In the past ten years, there have been many reports speculating or the possibility that Chairman Mao might be seriously ill or even dead--all of them proving to be false.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADKU71VKFUEFHE6M1HD3NW0BBW
    Media URN:
    VLVADKU71VKFUEFHE6M1HD3NW0BBW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/09/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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