China is reportedly considering providing more economic and military aid to Pakistan.
SV INTERIOR: President Zia and Chinese Foreign Minister, Hua Huang enter room
SV: Mr Hua talking to President Zia's wife and shakes hands with other guests
SV: President Zia talking to Madame Hua in English
SV: President Zia and Mr Hua walking to reception room
CU: Mr Hua shaking hands with Ambassadors (2 shots)
SV: President Zia and Mr Hua drinking orange juice
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Background: China is reportedly considering providing more economic and military aid to Pakistan. Western diplomats in Islamabad believed and aid package would be announced when Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua ends his five-day tour to Pakistan (on Wednesday 23 January). Mr. Huang has been in Pakistan to reassure President Zia ul-Haq of China's support following the Soviet Union's participation in events in Pakistan.
SYNOPSIS: This state reception prior to a banquet in Islamabad indicated to observers the continuing close ties between China and Pakistan.
General Zia was reported to be hoping for a guarantee of supplies of light weapons to complement the modern armaments Pakistan is expecting from the United States. Mr. Huang has spent some time at the Afghan refugee camps near the north-west frontier, where one million Afghans were expected to gather by April. Mr. Huang has told those already there that Peking is on there side.
The Chinese Foreign Minister says he fears further Soviet moves in areas adjacent to Afghanistan, and he described Moscow's policies as serious threats to peace. Fighting between Soviet-backed Afghan forces and opponents of the government is already raging close to the border with Pakistan, although Moscow has said Pakistan's security is not threatened.