• Short Summary

    US President Gerald Ford arrived in Peking on Monday (1 December) on a five day visit aimed at improving the sagging Sino-American relationship.

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    US President Gerald Ford arrived in Peking on Monday (1 December) on a five day visit aimed at improving the sagging Sino-American relationship. The President was accompanied by his wife, Betty, and 18 year old daughter, Susan.

    Mr. Ford was met at the airport by Chinese Vice-Premier, Teng Hsiao-Ping, Peking's third ranking leader, and about 200 Chinese who have been in the U.S. recently on exchange programmes. Because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations, the welcome was low-key but bigger than former President Richard Nixon's welcome in 1972.

    Later Mrs. Chou En-lai, wife of the ailing Chinese Premier, turned up at the Fords' guest house to greet them. Before attending a large welcoming banquet in the Great Hall of the People President and Mrs. Ford posed for photographs in the hall foyer with Chiang Ching, wife of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung and Chu Teh, the veteran revolutionary and co-founder of China's Red Army.

    In his welcoming speech at the banquet Mr. Teng warned that talk of U.S.-Soviet detente could not cover up the stark reality of the growing danger of war. The factors which promote revolution and war were clearly increasing, he said.

    Observers said Mr. Teng made it quite clear to Mr. Ford that China considered its struggle against Soviet hegemony more important than normalisation of its relations with the United States.

    In a firm statement Mr. Ford replied that America would continue to strive both to reduce the dangers and to explore new opportunities for peace and remained determined to resist any actions that threatened the independence and well being of others.

    On the second day of his visit (2 December) Mr. Ford was expected to begin the first formal session of talks with Mr. Teng, visit China's most famous temple, the Temple of Heaven, and attend a ballet performance.

    SYNOPSIS: US President Gerald Ford, his wife Betty and eighteen year old daughter, Susan, arrived in Peking on Monday for a five day visit aimed at improving relations between China and the United States.

    They were met at the airport by Chinese Vice-Premier, Teng Hsiao-Ping, and about two hundred Chinese who had been in the United States recently on exchange programmes.

    Because the two countries don't have diplomatic relations the welcome was low key but it was bigger than former President Nixon's welcome in nineteen seventy-two.

    Later in the foyer of the Great Hall of the People Mr and Mrs. Ford posed for photographs with Chiang Ching, the wife of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, and Chu Teh, the veteran revolutionary and co-founder of China's Red Army.

    They then went into the Great Hall for the official welcoming banquet. In his welcoming address Mr. Teng warned Mr. Ford that talk of U.S.-Soviet detente could not cover up the stark reality of the growing danger of war.

    Observers say that the Vice-Premier made it quite clear that China considered its struggle against Soviet hegemony more important than normalisation of its relations with the United States.

    In a firm statement Mr. Ford replied that Washington would continue to strive to reduce the dangers and to explore new opportunities for peace and was determined to resist any actions that threatened the independence and well being of others.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAETBUTWTATC05D37VUE2V2LHIJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAETBUTWTATC05D37VUE2V2LHIJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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