• Short Summary

    In Pakistan, Chinese Vice-Premier Keng Piao arrived on Friday (June 16) for a five day visit.

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    GV Islamabad airport with posters of Chinese vice-premier Keng Piao and flags and President.
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    SV President Ziaul Haq greets naval officer.
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    Vice-Premier Keng walks down aircraft steps and is greeted by President Zia
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    GV Vice-Premier introduced to Pakistan officials
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    GV Poster of Vice-Premier
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    GV & SV Vice-Premier Keng reviews troops
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    MV INT President Zia enters conference rooms with Vice-Premier Keng
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    SCU Vice-Premier Keng and Chinese officials seated at table
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    SCU President Zia
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    SCU Vice-Premier Keng
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    GV PAN Conference
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    Background: In Pakistan, Chinese Vice-Premier Keng Piao arrived on Friday (June 16) for a five day visit. He was there to officially open a new highway running from China through Pakistan's northern mountains and also to hold talks with President Zia-ul Haq.

    SYNOPSIS: The Chinese visit came at a time when President Zia is increasingly concerned about Soviet intentions, following a leftist coup in neighbouring Afghanistan. Mr. Keng's arrival to open the highway, built with Chinese help, symbolized Peking's growing ties with Pakistan. The strategic importance of the road is heightened by China's involvement in Africa, as it allows the Chinese access to the port of Karachi.

    The 500 mile (800 kilometre) highway, which follows the ancient silk route from China, was built over ten years at the cost of 400 lives. Some 10,000 Chinese workers were involved in its construction and most of the equipment and all of the bridges are Chinese-designed.

    General Zia compared the project to the Great Wall of China and said it signalled a new era of friendship between Pakistan and China. The London Daily Telegraph suggested that nothing was said about the road's most obvious importance-as a military supply route in the event of another war with India. But Vice-Premier Keng did reaffirm China's support for Pakistan over Kashmir when he called for self-determination for the people of the divided state, partly held by India.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA48AB2M467KGXB9ME3G9ENFM6W
    Media URN:
    VLVA48AB2M467KGXB9ME3G9ENFM6W
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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