A high-level Chinese delegation, led by Madame Teng Ying-chao, a vice-chairman of the National People's Congress, has returned to Peking after a four day visit to Cambodia.
CV Cambodian leaders waiting
SCU Madame Teng Ying-chao on aircraft steps waving to hosts
SCU Premier Pol Pot PAN TO others applauding each other
SV Madame Teng comes down presented with bouquet and greeted by Pol Pot
SV & GV Scenes at airport after Madame Teng's arrival (4 shots)
SV Flags of Cambodia and China
GV INT & SV INTERIORS Madame Teng and Pol Pot taking with others (4 shots)
Isolated skirmishes are still reported in the Vietnam-Cambodia border dispute, but both sides are believed to be consolidating positions occupied two weeks ago, when Vietnamese troops won stretches of strategic Cambodia border territory. Diplomats have speculated that one of Hanoi's aims in the border fighting may to be a force changes in the Cambodian leadership, changes that would make it more complaint to Vietnam. Speculation that efforts are underway to start talks between Vietnam and Cambodia has been fuelled by the disclosure by diplomats in Peking that the Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister, Phan Hein, has been there since 9 January.
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Background: A high-level Chinese delegation, led by Madame Teng Ying-chao, a vice-chairman of the National People's Congress, has returned to Peking after a four day visit to Cambodia. The trip included talks with the cambodian Prime Minister Pol Pot.
SYNOPSIS: The Chinese delegation, headed by Madame Teng, the window of former Premier Chou En-lai, was greeted at Phnom Penh airport by Prime Minister Pol Pot. The visit came amid speculation that China was trying to persuade Cambodia and Vietnam to negotiate following the recent outbreak of border fighting between them.
Soon after her arrival, Madame Teng held talks with Mr. Pol Pot and other ministers. Reports on Phnom Penh Radio said Madame Teng's speeches laid great stress on the close relations between China and Cambodia. Madame Teng emphasised Peking's warm regard for the Cambodian government. Both she and Mr. Pol Pot noted the increasing co-operation and friendship between their countries.
Phnom Penh Radio said Madame Teng had praised the Khmer Rouge victory over the United-States-backed Lon Nol government, saying the new Cambodia was now a strong and independent country. Much the same assessment came recently from the group of visiting European diplomats during their two-weeks visit to Cambodia. They were reported as praising the nation's rapid development in many areas -- especially irrigation.
During her visit, Madame Teng attended a reception in her honour, and urged socialist countries to apply the principles of peaceful co-existence in their relationships with one another. She did not refer directly to relations between Vietnam and Cambodia, but is reported to have given implicit support to Cambodia's stand in the recent border conflict.