Mr. Adam Malik, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, welcomed the first?
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Background: Mr. Adam Malik, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, welcomed the first delegation from the People's Republic of China to the U.N. building on Friday (12 November). The delegation was led by Chinese deputy Foreign Minister Chiao Kuan-Hua. This Pool film of the meeting was shot by Visnews' New York Bureau.
In their talks with Mr. Malik, the Chinese were recorded to have voiced some caution about playing as active a role immediately in the U.N. as might be expected. They said they needed time to familiarise themselves with procedures.
The Chinese delegation will be formally seated at a ceremonial session of the Assembly on Monday (15 November).
SYNOPSIS: At the United Nations on Friday, the General Assembly President Mr. Adam Malik welcomed the first delegation to the UN from the People's Republic of china, led by Chinese Deputy foreign Minister Mr Chiao Kuan-Hua. Mr Malik told the Chinese he hoped they would quickly participate in U.N. committees, and they promised that they would. The Chinese delegation is to be formally seated at a ceremonial session of the Assembly on Monday.
As one of the countries at a most friendly first contact with the Chinese delegation, Mr. Chiao offered Mr. Malik a Chinese cigarette, which he smoked while they chatted. Reports say the Chinese told Mr Malik they might not play as active a role in the U.N. immediately, as had been expected. They said they needed time to familiarise themselves with procedures, but they expressed special interest in the Middle East situation, in the question of U Thant's successor as Secretary-General, and in the financial situation of the U.N. U That is recovering from an ulcer, and he sent the Chinese a message regretting he was enable to welcome them to the U.N. he is to retire in December.