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    The Soviet Union has reacted to the visit to Rumania of Chinese leader Hua Kuo-feng by accusing him of slandering Moscow.

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    GV Posters of Chinese Premier Hua Kuo-feng and Rumanian President Ceausescu on wall above rostrum with Ceausescu and Hua standing to attention as anthems play and crowd look on. (5 SHOTS)

    SV & LV Rumanian children giving recital.

    SV & GV Chinese dancing display. (6 SHOTS)

    SV Hua and Ceausescu waving as crowd cheer. (2 SHOTS)

    Mr. Ceausescu is reported to have accepted an invitation of Peking which would be his fourth visit. Chairman Hua is making the first trip outside Asia by a Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party in 21 years. He will leave Rumania for Yugoslavia on August 21 and is scheduled to leave on August 29 for Iran before returning home.

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    Background: The Soviet Union has reacted to the visit to Rumania of Chinese leader Hua Kuo-feng by accusing him of slandering Moscow. Chairman Hua arrived in Bucharest on Wednesday (16 August) to an enthusiastic welcome by a crowd of 200,000 Rumanians. Later that day, at a state banquet, he said "imperialism and hegemonism" were trying to infiltrate and undermine countries in Africa. Europe and Latin America. Observers interpreted these remarks as a thinly-veiled attack on the United States and the Soviet Union. And on Friday (18 August), Moscow reciprocated by charging that the Chinese leader's speech contained a series of anti-Soviet sallies.

    SYNOPSIS: Moscow's reaction is expected to cause embarrassment for Rumania which is the only Warsaw Pact ally to maintain friendly contact with Peking. But there was no sign of any cooling of relations between Rumania and China as Chairman Hua continued his busy schedule of talks and industrial tours. Nor did the enthusiasm of the Rumanians crowds seem diminished by the Soviet accusations as they greeted President Ceausescu and Mr. Hua with rhythmical chants of the two leader's names. Flag-waving crowds gathered at Bucharest sites visited by Chairman Hua and there were many dancing and musical recitals in his honour.

    Rumania Hua's five-day stay in Rumania was crammed with sightseeing, tours of factories, housing estates, and dockyards, and trade talks with President Ceausescu. Western diplomats say the two countries are planning to raise joint turnover form some 440 million dollars in 1976 to around 1,000 million yearly by 1980. Both countries have also pledged to fight what they call "imperialist, colonialist and neo-colonialist policy and any forms of foreign domination and diktat".

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