Chou En-lai, Premier of the People's Republic of China since its cresting in 1949 and its leading force for moderation and detente with the United States, died Thursday in Peking after a long illness.
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Background: Chou En-lai, Premier of the People's Republic of China since its cresting in 1949 and its leading force for moderation and detente with the United States, died Thursday in Peking after a long illness.
The 78-year-old descendant of Mandarin forbears who turned communist revolutionary in his youth, had ben confined to a hospital for much of the time since the spring of 1974 when he was stricken with a heart ailment.
The immediate reaction in Hongkong today (January 09) shows that the Hongkong Government buildings were flown at half mast with the British flags to mark a respect for the late Chinese Premier.
American consulate was also flown the Stars and Stripes at half mast.
Most of the Chinese communist buildings and banks as well as the Bank of China in Central were flown their red flags at half mast to pay a last respect to the great leader Mr. Chou.
Black-bordered newspapers devoted their entire front page to the news of Chou's death.
Alongside an old photograph of the Premier, The People's Daily -- organ of the communist party -- carried the official obituary under the heading: "Comrade Chou En-lai Passes Away."
Another headline proclaimed: "Eternal Glory To Comrade Chou En-lai, The Chinese People's Great Proletarian Revolutionary And Outstanding Communist Fighter.