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    INTRODUCTION: The leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Yasser Arafat, has had three days of talks in Peking with Chinese leaders.

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    1. SV Deng Xiaoping greeting PLO leader Arafat and other PLO delegation members. 0.26
    2. SCU & GV Deng with Arafat and other delegation members. (3 SHOTS) 0.36
    3. SV PLO and Chinese officials seated with Arafat and Deng. (5 SHOTS) 1.02
    4. SCU Arafat shaking hands with Communist Party Chairman Hu Yaobang and Hu meeting other members of PLO delegation. 1.22
    5. SCU Hu PAN TO Arafat. 1.31
    6. SV PAN Two PLO members TO Hu and Arafat seated. 1.36
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Yasser Arafat has continued his tour of Eastern Asia. On Sunday (11 October) he arrived in North Korea for two days of talks with President Kim Il Sung. He will later go on to Japan.

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    Background: PEKING, CHINA

    INTRODUCTION: The leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Yasser Arafat, has had three days of talks in Peking with Chinese leaders. During the talks, China reaffirmed its support for what it called the Palestinians' fight for liberation. However, the Chinese informed the guerrilla leader that he could expect only limited arms supplies from them. And the two sides revealed strong differences in their attitude to the late Egyptian leader, President Sadat.

    SYNOPSIS: Yasser Arafat's visit marked the first stage in a three-nation tour of eastern Asia. Much of his time in Peking was spent with Communist Party Vice-Chairman Deng Xiaoping. The two men discussed the Palestinian issue. Mr. Deng described Mr. Arafat as his "comrade in arms" who was "at the forefront of the struggle for national liberation." China, he said, had all along supported the Palestinian people in their "fight for liberation." The struggle was protracted, but the Palestinians were bound to win.

    Yasser Arafat, for his part described his talks with the Chinese leaders as a great success. Beneath the smiles, however, there were differences of opinion. China did not offer large scale military supplies, reminding the Palestinians that they would have to rely mainly on their own efforts. "Our aid is limited," Mr. Deng was quoted as saying.

    After his talks with Vice-Chairman Deng, Yasser Arafat went on to meet Communist Party Chairman Hu Yaobang. But the differences between the two sides surfaced again over their attitudes to the late Egyptian leader, President Sadat. To Yasser Arafat, Sadat was a man who betrayed Jerusalem and the Palestinian people. But the Chinese, described President Sadat's death as a "tremendous loss to the Egyptian and Arab peoples". After the talks, Mr. Arafat declined to discuss the differences between the two sides.


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