Chinese Communist Party Chairman Hua Kuo-feng left North Korea on Thursday (11 May) and returned to Peking after spending several days in the country.
GV & SV Motorcade passes through flag-waving crowds in Pyongyang (2 shots)
GV Chairman Hua Kuo-feng shaking hands with Korean officials as crowd cheers (2 shots)
SV N. Korean President Kim Il Sung shaking hands with Chinese officials and two leaders hug each other
SCU Cheering crowds
SV Chairman Hua waving from train as Kim Il Sung watches
SVs Crowd waving farewell as Chairman Hua looks through train window (4 shots)
SV Children waving as train pulls out of station
GV People at Peking Station wait as train arrives (2 shots)
SVs Chairman Hua Kuo-feng greeted by Teng Hsiao-ping and other Chinese officials
In Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, thousands of people lined the streets as the Chinese leader -- accompanied by North Korean President Kim Il Sung -- was driven to the station for the journey home.
At the railway station, the official send-off ceremony continued with the same colourful pomp that surrounded Chairman Hua on his five-day visit. Chairman Hua hugged his Korean counterpart, and thanked the people of Korea for their hospitality and the friendship they showed towards the Chinese people.
During his visit Chairman Hua expressed his country's continuing support for North Korea in its conflict with the south. And said that Korea would never be unified under one government until the United States withdrew its military presence from the south. He also maintained that his country would never recognise what he called the illegitimate government in Seoul.
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Background: Chinese Communist Party Chairman Hua Kuo-feng left North Korea on Thursday (11 May) and returned to Peking after spending several days in the country. His visit was the first trip outside China by a party chairman since Chairman Mao Tse-tung went to Moscow more than ten years ago. On arrival in Peking, Chairman Hua described his visit as highly successful, and stressed the close relations the two countries shared.
SYNOPSIS: In Peking, a large crowd gathered to greet their leader home after the historic visit, including the Chinese Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-ping. An official announcement said that Chairman Hua will now have a few days' rest before greeting Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, who is due to arrive in Peking on 15 May.