Chairman Hua Kuo-Feng has had lengthy talks with the Shah of Iran in the first ever visit by a Chinese Communist Party leader to a non-communist country.
GV Hua and Shah of Iran walk up steps to banquet hall
GV INT banquet hall (two shots)
SV Hua and Shah drinking toast
GV and CU Shah and Hua walk into room for informal talks. They sit down. (three shots)
GV and CU Iranian and Chinese delegations seated around conference table. (six shots)
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Background: Chairman Hua Kuo-Feng has had lengthy talks with the Shah of Iran in the first ever visit by a Chinese Communist Party leader to a non-communist country. The two leader whose countries both border on the Soviet Union, met alone for thirty minutes today (August,30) and were later joined by aides for a further hour of talks. So far no indications have emerged that Mr. Hua's visit is anything more than an effort to improve trade and economic ties.
SYNOPSIS: At a banquet held in Mr's honour at the Shah's palace on Tuesday night (August @() the two leaders made it clear their counties shared several broad policies, including a belief that Gulf States alone should safeguard that region's security. But a condemnation of Soviet Union hegemony in Mr. Hua's speech was not taken up by the Shah in his reply.
Although China and Iran are both neighbours of the Soviet Union, observers say the Iranians are being careful not to associate themselves with Chinese criticism of Russia's foreign policy. No details of the meeting between the two leaders were released but a joint statement is expected before Mr. Hua returns to Peaking on Friday. After a round of private discussions the two leaders were joined by senior aides, including the Chinese Foreign Minister, Huang Hua, and his Iranian counterpart. Amir Khosrow Afshar. The Iranian Commerce Minster also joined in, leading observers to believe that trade links came under discussion. This now consists mainly of consumer goods imported by Iran and exports of crude oil and dates. Following further meetings during the visit the ministers are expected to sign cultural and scientific agreements if talks are completed in time. Before leaving Iran Chairman Hua will see the country's priceless crown jewels an visit the Royal Museum.