The People's Republic of China and Japan today (Friday, 29 September) established diplomatic ties and agreed on an early exchange of ambassadors.
GV Guests at banquet table
LV & SV Cho speaks
SV Tanaka applauds
SV Tanaka speaks
SV Tanaka continues as guests listen (2 shots)
GV Chou and Tanaka drink toast
SV Guests applaud
SV Tanaka toasts officials, PAN TO Chou ditto
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Background: The People's Republic of China and Japan today (Friday, 29 September) established diplomatic ties and agreed on an early exchange of ambassadors.
The communique announcing the resumed links between the two countries was issued simultaneously in Peking and Tokyo following four rounds of talks between the Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka and the Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai, in Peking.
The nine-point communique said Japan understood and respected the stand taken by The People's Republic that Taiwan was an inalienable part of that Republic.
In its turn The People's Republic would renounce demands for war reparations from Japan. Within hours of the communique signing Japan and Taiwan severed diplomatic relations though there were hopes that trade relations between them would not be seriously affected.
The agreement reached between the two leaders was already clear from their speeches Thursday (September 28) night, at a banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Peking, when the new relationship was celebrated with toasts by the Premiers.
SYNOPSIS: In the Great Hall of the People in Peking on Thursday Premier Chou En-Lai of The People's Republic of China and Prime Minister Tanaka of Japan revealed that they had agreed to establish diplomatic relations between their two countries. The disclosure followed four rounds of summit talks between the two leaders in Peking, and brought to a climax the Japanese Prime Minister's five-day visit to the People's Republic...
Mr. Tanaka was playing host at a banquet for Chinese officials in return for the hospitality he had received. The official announcement of the new links between Japan and The People's Republic of China was not made until the next day in a communique issued simultaneously in Peking and Tokyo, but in their banquet speeches on Thursday both leaders revealed much of the communique's content. Afterwards the new relationship between their countries was toasted by the two Premiers and banquet guests.
The new friendship between the two powerful Asian countries ends a state of hostilities between them dating from 1937. But within hours of the signing of the communique Japan and Taiwan severed their diplomatic relations with each other although there were hopes that trade between them would not be seriously affected.