French President valery Giscard D'Estaing arrived in Peking on Wednesday (15 October) for a week-long state visit intended to boost Sino-French trade.
GV PAN EXTERIOR French President Giscard D'Estaing with Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang inspecting Chinese troops as children wave coloured streamers (3 shots)
GV PULL BACK TO LS INTERIOR Party sitting down at banqueting tables in Great Hall of the People
SV Premier Ziyang seated with President Giscard and helping him to food
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Background: French President valery Giscard D'Estaing arrived in Peking on Wednesday (15 October) for a week-long state visit intended to boost Sino-French trade. He was to hold three days of talks with China's Communist Party and State leaders before leaving for Tibet on Sunday (19 October). No Western head of state has ever been allowed to visit Tibet. The permission granted to the French President is seen as a measure of the high regard the Chinese leadership has for France.
SYNOPSIS: President Giscard was formally welcomed in Peking by Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang outside the Great Hall of the People. Watched by a crowd of more than five thousand, the French President reviewed an army guard of honour in Tiananmen Square.
After holding a first round of talks with the new Chinese Premier, Monsieur Giscard attended a banquet in his honour. France ranks only seventh among China's trading partners. Observers predicted that President Giscard would try to promote nuclear energy and oil deals during his visit, and to encourage his hosts to take up more credits available to import capital goods and expand technical co-operation. The French were one of the earliest Western governments to recognise the China of Mao Tse Tung. Although French policy favours detente with the Soviet Union, Chinese leaders have praised French for calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and Kampuchea.