Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-Lai spoke of a new page in the history of relations between the Chinese and American people on Wednesday.
GV Placards TILT DOWN TO US table tennis players coming out of hotel & entering coach
MV Chinese pedals bicycle with loaded trailer
GV TS Shops, stalls & pedestrians in street (2 shots)
CU Red flag TILT DOWN TO Chinese schoolchildren
SV Picture of Mao TILT DOWN TO entrance of government building
MV Americans entering
GV INT Reception hall
MV Americans walk through foyer and up stairs (2 shots)
MV Chou shakes hands with team member at reception
CU & MV Chou shaking hands with members
CU Chou ZOOM OUT TO group of officials posing
CU Tea table TILT UP TO Chou speaking
SV Chou drinking tea and listening to statement from African
SV Americans listen
SV ZOOM OUT TO LV Chou stands up and shakes hands with Americans.
Transcript Seq. 17: U.S. team spokesman: "I would like to say that I would like very much to see one day in the near future that the Chinese table tennis team visits the United States, so that we can return the graciousness of our reception here. And we could have some friendship matches in the United States."
Mr. Chou then said through an interpreter that the visit would lead to a new friendship between the two peoples:
"I am confident that this beginning again of the friendship between our two peoples will certainly meet with the approval and support of the big majority of our two peoples."
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Background: Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-Lai spoke of a new page in the history of relations between the Chinese and American people on Wednesday. He was presiding jovially over a reception for the visiting table tennis teams from the united States, Britain, Canada, Colombia and Nigeria.
Mr. Chou suggested that constant contacts between the two peoples would now be possible. And the suggestion drew an immediate response from a U.S. team spokesman:
Film of this historic reception was shot by the National Broadcasting Company in Peking. The camera crew also accompanied the U.S. table tennis team on a sight-seeing train round the capital. The commentator's voice on this film is for guidance only and we apologise for the poor quality of the sound in this Satellite Telerecording.
SYNOPSIS: At this hotel in Peking, the newsmaking United States table-tennis team got their first taste of Chinese hospitality--as relations between the Chinese and the Western world showed a dramatic improvement this weak. On Wednesday, the fifteen-man team set out on a sightseeing tour of the on a sightseeing tour of the capital. Western newsmen joined them to bring back this rare glimpse of the Chinese capital in 1971. Traffic in the streets was light, with relatively few cars about. But there were a lot of cyclists and pedestrians. Outside the capital, the American team had visited the Great Wall.
The high point of Wednesday's schedule was a reception in the Hall of the People, a vast building frequently used for important state functions. The Americans entered to join other table-tennis teams from Canada, Britain, Nigeria and Colombia at the reception, after first making a tour of the building.
Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-La led the welcome for the visitors. For the next two and a half hours Mr. Chou joked and chatted informally with the teams. He also looked forward to a new page in the history of relations between the Chinese and American peoples. The visit by the table-tennis players had re-established contact between the two peoples, added the Prime Minster, and he felt there could now be a further interchange between them. A spokesman for the Americans at once spoke optimistically of a visit by the Chinese to the United States:
Those last remarks came from the interpreter for the Chinese Prime Minister. there was also a suggestion during the reception that the Chinese would like exchanges with other countries which, like the United States, have no diplomatic ties with Peking.