INTRODUCTION: Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang began a week-long South East Asian tour with a visit to the Philippines.
SV Zhao receives award from President Marcos and his wife at Malacanang Palace. (3 SHOTS) (MUTE)
SV & GV Shaking hands and walking off stage. (3 SHOTS) (MUTE)
GV Top table guests take seats as other guests watch. (2 shots)
SV President Marcos proposes toast to Zhao. (3 SHOTS)
SV Leaders touch glasses while other guests watch. (2 SHOTS)
SV & GV Three leaders and guests drink.
CU Badge and flags commemorating the talks.
SV Zhao with interpreter.
SV Marcos speaking.
SVs Chinese delegation. Leaders shake hands and applaud. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang began a week-long South East Asian tour with a visit to the Philippines. Before he left China Mr. Zhao singled out the Vietnamese occupation of Kampuchea as a threat to peace in Asia. Mr. Zhao is the first Communist Chinese Premier to visit the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. He arrived in Manila on Thursday (6 August) for two days of talks with President Ferdinand Marcos.
SYNOPSIS: Before the two leaders began talks Premier Zhao was presented with a special order at a banquet given by Mr. Marcos and his wife at the Presidential palace. The order is the highest award of its kind given by the government. Premier Zhao had earlier been given a warm welcome as thousands of Filipinos braved a tropical storm and waved flags on the route from the airport.
The banquet was attended by leaders of the Filipino government. President Marcos and his wife Imelda proposed the toast to Premier Zhao.
The talks are the most important China has held with her near neighbours. Among the topics to be discussed were trade links as well as regional issues such as Kampuchea. Mr. Zhao leaves on Sunday (9 August) for Malaysia before going to Singapore, Thailand and returning home. The Chinese Premier is reported to have reassured President Marcos that Peking had no intention of creating spheres of influence in South East Asia. He also said he wanted a strong United. Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Premier Zhao began his talks with President Marcos aboard the Presidential yacht in Manila Bay.
The two sides agreed to expand bilateral trade which leans heavily in favour of China. Chinese exports to the Philippines were worth 205 million dollars last year while trade in the other direction was worth only 45 million dollars.
The talks ended amicably on the second day. The Chinese leader is expected to hear strong criticism on his country's reported supported for communist insurgents in the ASEAN region on the rest of his tour.