The Chinese Prime Minister, Hua Guofeng, on Sunday (7 September) asked the National People's Congress to accept his resignation after four and a half years in office and approve the nomination of Zhao Ziyang as China's new head of government.
GV PAN INTERIOR Auditorium of Great Hall of People, Peking, China.
GV & SV Chairman Hua Guofeng arriving and speaking in Mandarin with audience listening and applauding (6 shots)
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Background: The Chinese Prime Minister, Hua Guofeng, on Sunday (7 September) asked the National People's Congress to accept his resignation after four and a half years in office and approve the nomination of Zhao Ziyang as China's new head of government. Zhao is the main driving force behind China's current economic and political reforms but is said to have had limited international experience.
SYNOPSIS: The party congress, being held in Peking's Great Hall of the People, is expected to approve all the party recommendations at its closing plenary meeting on Wednesday (10 September) after a 12-day session. Mr Hua, who will remain as communist party chairman, also asked the congress to approve the resignations of seven deputy prime ministers in a move to bring younger blood into top posts and to separate party and state power.
Mr Hua told more than three thousand deputies that a separation of party and state power would strengthen China's leadership and allow people to concentrate more fully on their work. Mr Hua became acting prime minister in February, 1976. He was confirmed as China's second prime minister in April of that year, apparently as a compromise choice between factions jostling for power as party chairman Mao Tsetung slowly faded. He became party chairman after Mao's death in September, 1976.
Mr Hua also announced the government was drafting new five and ten-years economic plans. he called on couples to restrict themselves to only one child to hold China's population to one-point-two billion by the end of the century, nothing that 65-percent of the country's current population of nearly one billion were under thirty.