Leaders of the People's Republic of China, including Premier Chou En-lai, attended a memorial service in Peking on February 19 to pay last respects to U.
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Background: Leaders of the People's Republic of China, including Premier Chou En-lai, attended a memorial service in Peking on February 19 to pay last respects to U.S. Author-Journalist Edgar Snow who died at his home in Switzerland on February 15. Snow was 66.
At the ceremony a picture of the American writer hung on the wall. Around the portrait, wreaths and been laid, including one from Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung which bore the English inscription: "To Edgar Snow, a friend of the chinese people."
Snow's long association with China began in the 1930's when as a young journalist he gained access to the remote Communist stronghold at Yenan, bringing back to the outside world the first news about China's future leaders. The resulting book, "Red Star Over China", was considered by some to be an example of classic reportage.
Following his last visit to Peking, in 1970, Snow was invited to stand beside chairman Mao for the National Day celebrations. Later, the had an interview with the Chinese leader and in the account of that meeting published last year came what's been described as the first indication that Chairman Mao would welcome U.S. President Nixon to China either as a tourist or as a President.
Before he became il with cancer, Snow had planned to cover President Nixon's visit to China for an American magazine. Two Chinese doctors and a nurse, sent t Switzerland by Premier Chou, treated Mr. Snow during his last weeks. Snow is survived by his wire, Lois, son Christopher, 18, and daughter Sian, 20.
This black and white film of the memorial service for Mr. Snow was shot by Peking Television in Peking. Although dated, it is the only filmed account of this unique event.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Edgar Snow, the late U.S. author and China expert, received an official eulogy in Peking four days after his death from cancer in Switzerland on February 15. Many wreathe paying tribute to the American writer stood near the portrait of Snow who was 66. One wreath from the Chinese leader Chairman Mao Tse-tung carried the simple English inscription: "To Edgar Snow, a friend of the Chinese people". Snow's long association with China and his personal relationship with Chairman Mao date back to the 1930's when Mao was leading his communist forces against the Kuomintang Army of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.
Among those paying final tribute to Snow was Chinese Premier Chou En-lai. As a journalist for an American magazine Snow spent five months in China in 1960, conducting 80 interviews with Chinese leaders, including Chairman Mao. Snow interviewed Mao again in late 1970 and published a report in 1971 which gave the first indication the Chinese leader would be prepared to receive U.S. President Richard Nixon in Peking. Before his illness Snow had planned to cover the Nixon visit for a U.S. magazine.