A top-level Chinese delation has returned to Peking after holding talks in Phnom Penh, believed to centre on Cambodia's four-month old border war with Vietnam.
MV AND GV: Mme Teng welcomed at Phnom Penh airport by officials and crowd of Cambodians. (2 shots)
LV: Angkor wat temple.
GV: Mme Teng and officials walking through temple. (2 shots)
MV AND GV: Angkor Wat (2 shots)
MVs: Mme Teng looking at wall reliefs (3 shots)
GV: Angkor Wat
MV: Mme Teng and official walking through temple grounds.
CU PULL BACK: face carved in stone.
MVs: Mme Teng and party walking away from temple (2 shots)
Since the Chinese visit to Cambodia, Hanoi has indicated it could be preparing new military moves in the stalemated border war. It has waned Cambodia that its patience with alleged border attacks by the Cambodians is wearing thin. Reuter reports that military analysts in Bangkok believe that could be a sign that further military action by Hanoi was probable. Vietnamese Defence Minister, Vo Nguyen Giap, recently visited his troops in the southern border section. He praised them for their Performance in recent fighting and urged them to "redouble their efforts to fulfil with merit all tasks assigned to them in the coming period". Military analysts believe the Vietnamese could be planning a limited thrust in the southern border sector to stop alleged Cambodian guerrilla raids.
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Background: A top-level Chinese delation has returned to Peking after holding talks in Phnom Penh, believed to centre on Cambodia's four-month old border war with Vietnam. Reuters reported that Western diplomats in Peking and Bangkok saw the visit as display of support for Cambodia, and as an opportunity for the Chinese to make a private appeal for a settlement between the two conflicting communist states.
SYNOPSIS: The Chinese delegation was headed by the widow of Premier Chou En-Lai, Madame Teng ying-Chao, a member of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee. Top Cambodian officials greeted the party on their arrival at the capital, Phnom Penh.
During their four-day stay the Chinese visited the famous Angkor Wat temple, north of Phnom Penh, taking time off from the more serious official business of their mission.
Built early in the twelfth century, Angkor Wat is one of the most important eastern Buddhist shrines, and is considered to be one of the most amerciable architectural achievements of its time.
It has long been a focal point of major interest for visitors to Cambodia, and Madame Teng was no exception. But most of her visit was devoted to work.
Earlier she has held talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Pol Pot, and later she was to meet other top Cambodian officials.
Radio Phnom Penh reported that Madame Teng had emphasised Peking's warm regard for the Cambodian government, and had noted the growing friendship between their two countries. It did not mention whether the talks covered the border fighting between Cambodia and Vietnam. However, at the time of the Chinese visits, there were reports of further border fighting in the northern Rattamakiri province.