Romanian Prime Minister Ilie Verdet arrived in Peking on Tuesday (25 November) to a warm welcome.
GV EXTERIOR Romanian Prime Minister Ilie Verdet walking along red carpet with Chinese Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang past guard of honour in Tienamen Square, Peking and receives flowers and walks away.
GV INTERIOR Verdet and Zhao with other guests take places at conference table.
CU Zhao and Verdet talking. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN ALONG Romanian delegation. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN ALONG Chinese delegates. (2 SHOTS)
GV Delegations seated.
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Background: Romanian Prime Minister Ilie Verdet arrived in Peking on Tuesday (25 November) to a warm welcome. Romania is the only member of the Warsaw Pact to retain good relations with China as it has always maintained a neutral stance over the ideological differences between China and the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: The Romanian Prime Minister was welcomed in Tienamen Square by Chinese Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang and other government leaders. Chine and Romania are involved in several joint technical and economic projects which were agreed on when Romanian President Nicolae Ceaucescu visited China in May 1978. These were followed up further during Chinese leader Hua Kuo-feng's visit to Romania in August 1978. The visit opened a new chapter in China's international relations as Chairman Hua was the first Chinese leader to travel outside Asia for more than twenty years.
Mr. Verdet told his host that he believed the development of Sino-Romanian relations without outside interference had been an important contribution towards international cooperation and he hoped this would continue.
Later at a welcoming banquet, Mr. Zhao issued a ???tern warning about the dangers of international tension. He said 1980 had been a turbulent year in which the risk of war had clearly grown. He added that he feared 1981 could cause even greater anxiety.