A delegation from the Chinese National People's Congress is in Thailand on a friendship visit.
GV Government House
SV INTERIOR Madame Deng Yingchao walking with Thai Speaker of the House and other officials
SCU Madame Deng signing guest book
SV Madame Deng and Prime Minister Kriangsak Chamanan being seated in conference room
CU & SV Madame Deng talking to officials (2 shots)
GV Conference room
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Background: A delegation from the Chinese National People's Congress is in Thailand on a friendship visit. It is led by Madame Deng Yingchao, the widow of the late Premier Chou en Lai, who is Vice-Chairman of the Congress. On Thursday (7 February) Madame Deng visited Government House in Bangkok for talks with Prime Minister Kriangsak Chamanan.
SYNOPSIS: The Chinese delegation had been invited by the Speaker of the Thai National Assembly who welcomed Madame Deng at Government House. It was the first visit by Congress delegates since diplomatic relations were established five years ago. chinese sources say the purpose of the visit was to strengthen ties and co-operation between the two nations. Thai newspaper said the visit came at a time when the country's borders were threatened by outside armed forces.
Madame Deng carried a message from Peking reaffirming China's support if the country came under attack. After the meeting Madame Deng signed the Government's distinguished visitors's book, before going on to meet the Thai Prime Minister.
General Kriangsak later quoted Madame Deng as saying that China posed no threat to the non-Communist grouping in the area. This was taken as a reference to ASEAN -- the Association of South East Asian Nations, which comprises Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. Later General Kriangsak described relations between the two countries as "kith and kin". The Chinese delegation is spending a week in Thailand, returning a visit made to Peking last October by representatives of the Thai National Assembly.
The visit comes at a sensitive time for the Thai government, facing pressure on its eastern border from refugees from Kampuchea. Also visiting Thailand at the same time as Madame Deng is a group of international celebrities, doctors and politicians who hope to stage a sympathy march to the border to draw attention to the suffering of he Kampuchean people. The Chinese delegates made no direct reference to the border situation, but in talks with government leaders, there have been repeated assurances of Chinese support if the Thai people felt under threat.