The Chinese Foreign Minister, Mr.
CU Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua (left) and Thai Foreign Minister Siddhi Savetsila walk through Bangkok Airport surrounded by newsmen. (2 SHOTS)
CU Siddhi garlands Huang and members of his party.
GV Government House in Bangkok.
SV INTERIOR Huang enter room with delegation and greeted by the Thai Prime Minister, General Prem Tinsulanonda, walk to seat and sit down.
CU Huang and Prem seated and talking. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: The Chinese Foreign Minister, Mr. Huang Hua, has just completed a round of talks with the Thai Prime Minister, General Prem Tinsulanonda, and Foreign Minister Marshal Siddhi Savetsila on the continuing conflict in neighbouring Kampuchea. It is understood that the Vietnamese Foreign Minister, Mr. Nugyen Co Thach, was in Bangkok at the same-time as Mr. Huang. Mr. Thach was on his way to Malaysia.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Huang was met in Bangkok by Marshal Siddhi. China has constantly supported the ousted Khmer Rouge regime whose guerrillas go on fighting Vietnamese led forces in Kampuchea 16 months after being deposed. Some of Thailands South East Asian allies are understood to be concerned that closer ties between Thailand and China could jeopardise prospects for an ultimate settlement of the conflict.
After his airport welcome, Mr. Huang went to Government house for talks with Prime Minister General Prem. At a press conference later Mr. Huang said that China was not opposed to a political settlement in Kampuchea but that there would have to be an unconditional and total withdrawal of Vietnamese troops first. This he said would allow the Kampuchean people to decide their own government and their own social system free from outside pressure. Mr. Huang also claimed that the Vietnamese invasion on Kampuchea and the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan were not isolated incidents but part of an overall strategy. He accused the Soviet Union of turning Vietnam into an intermediate base to co-ordinate and support its strategic moves in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean. He added that the Soviet Military pressure in Vietnam not only posed a threat to China but the whole South East Asian region.