Chinese leader Hua Kuo-feng is to follow up his historic visit to Eastern Europe with trips to other parts of the world.
GV AND LV: Roman arena ruins in Pula with crowds waiting (3 shots)
SV AND CU: Chairman Hua and official party climbing steps into ruins. (2 shots)
GV AND CU: Chairman Hua talking with party officials in centre of arena and listening to tour guide (4 shots)
SV: crowd applauding as Hua departs by car. (2 shots)
GV: Pula shipyard with Soviet ship alongside quay.
SV: large portraits of Chairman Hua and President Tito.
SV AND CU: shipyard workers applauding as Chairman Hua and party tour docks. (9 shots)
Chairman Hua's visit to Rumania, Yugoslavia and Iran has provoked ire in the Soviet Union - especially as the Chinese leader has made veiled critical remarks about the Kremlin during his visit in the two Eastern European countries. On Sunday (27 August) Moscow accused China of trying to sow discord among Communist countries, and suggested that Rumania and Yugoslavia were aiding Peking by giving Chairman Hua a platform for anti-Soviet attacks. Chairman Hua responded at the end of his Yugoslav visit by calling again for countries to struggle against 'imperialism, colonialism, hegemonism and all other forms of domination". 'Hegemonism' is the recognised Chinese codeword for Soviet attempts to dominate other countries.
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Background: Chinese leader Hua Kuo-feng is to follow up his historic visit to Eastern Europe with trips to other parts of the world. Chairman Hua left Yugoslavia on Tuesday (29 August) for a two-day visit to Iran way home, after making the first trip outside Asia by a Chinese leader in two decades. Before his departure, he told Yugoslav President Tito that he had accepted invitations to other countries in Europe and elsewhere, where he would visit in due course.
SYNOPSIS: For the last few days of his stay, Chairman Hua joined President Tito for talks on the Yugoslav leader's Adriatic island retreat of Brioni. But there was time between these weighty discussions to go sightseeing in the nearby port of Pula, whose outstanding monument is this Roman amphitheatre. Built around AD 80 and capable of seating 23,000, it attracted keen interest from the Chinese visitors.
The two leaders' discussions centred on increasing cooperation between their countries - and the delicate subject of China's ideological and border conflict with the Soviet Union. They announced their meetings had led to a major turning point in their countries' relations.
Pula's extensive shipyards were also toured by Chairman Hua who was reported to be interested in learning from Yugoslavia's unorthodox communist system of de-centralised control, flexible management and production incentives. The two countries are expected soon to sign a series of deals for Chinese purchases of ships and electrical equipment.