Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre, in Peking for talks with Chinese leaders, has been hailed by the official Chinese news media for dealing a heavy blow against "Soviet social-imperialists' aggressive and expansionist activities in Africa".
MV EXT President Mohamed Siad Barre steps down from plane and greeted by Chairman Hua Kuo-feng
MVs Troops and sailors stand to attention as the two leaders inspect guard of honour (5 shots)
MVs Girls waving bouquets of flowers as the two leaders walk past (2 shots)
GV INT Banqueting hall
MV Barre and Vice-Premier Li Hsien-nien toast (2 shots)
GV PAN Banqueting hall
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Background: Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre, in Peking for talks with Chinese leaders, has been hailed by the official Chinese news media for dealing a heavy blow against "Soviet social-imperialists' aggressive and expansionist activities in Africa". And Chinese leader Hua Kuo-feng says the two countries are bound by very friendly relations.
SYNOPSIS: President Barre arrived in Peking less than a week after an abortive coup against him in Mogadishu. He was met at Peking airport by Chairman Hua Kuo-feng in person. As he arrived, the official Peking People's daily newspaper produced a welcoming article praising him for abrogating the Somali-Soviet friendship treaty and expelling Russian military experts last year. An the newspaper praised somalia's courageous decision to safeguard its hard-won independence which had demonstrated "the heroism of a small and weak country which dares to wage an unrelenting struggle against a superpower". The Chinese leadership also hailed President Barre, and Chairman Hua is reported to have told him that China appreciated Somalia's policy of safeguarding national independence and state sovereignty internally... and of combating big-power hegemonism and imperialism externally.
For President Barre, there was the traditional welcome to China...thousands of flower-waving girls chanting "welcome to our honoured guests".
An indication of Chinese feeling towards Somalia emerged at a state banquet in the Great Hall of the People. Vice-Premier Li Hsien-nien, toasted President Barre after making a speech attacking Soviet involvement in Africa....and Soviet-bloc guests walked out from the banquet.