The Republic of Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko has expressed hopes of closer relations between his country and The People's Republic of China during a ten-day visit which ended on Saturday (20 January).
GV & SV PAN Mobutu & wife arrive at Ming Tombs
SV INT Mobutu, wife & party walk down to tombs (3 shots)
GVs Exhibits and African party looking at them (4 shots)
LV Great Wall
SV Mobutu & wife leave car, walk to wall (3 shots)
SV Mobutu & party on Great Wall (3 shots)
TILT SHOT INTERIOR Chandelier
SV Mobutu & Chou watch as China & Zaire foreign ministers sign agreement (3 shots)
LV & SV Guests watch as Chou drinks toast
SV Chou inspecting book about Zaire
CU & LV Mobutu & wife receive jade statuette presented by Chou
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Background: The Republic of Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko has expressed hopes of closer relations between his country and The People's Republic of China during a ten-day visit which ended on Saturday (20 January).
The President's visit came only six weeks after Zaire and China had renewed diplomatic relations.
A highlight of President Mobutu's tour was a visit to the Great Wall, near Peking. He was accompanied by his wife and the Chinese Foreign Minister, Chi Peng-fei.
The President and his party stood on the wall for a short time viewing the surrounding landscape from one of the watch towers.
The party also inspected one of the Ming tombs, nearby.
During five days in Peking, President Mobutu attended the signing of agreements on economic and technical co-operation and on trade between the two countries.
The agreements were signed in Peking's Great Hall of People, but no details of the accords have been revealed. With President Mobutu at the ceremony was the Zaire Commissioner of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nguza Karli-i-Bond.
China's Premier Chou En-lai, with whom President Mobutu had earlier had extensive talks on bilateral relations, also attended the signing.
Premier Chou was presented with a book on Zaire and in return presented President Mobutu and his wife with a jade statuette.
Before leaving Peking for Shanghai, the President had an audience with Chairman Mao Tse-tung, who, now aged 79, has not appeared in public for 18 months.
SYNOPSIS: President Mobutu Sese Seko, of Zaire, and his wife see part of the ancient history of The People's Republic of China as they visit the Ming tombs on the outskirts of Peking during a five-day stay in the city. The visiting African party was accompanied by the Chinese Foreign Minister, Chi Peng-fei.
President Mobutu's visit to China came only six weeks after Zaire and China had renewed diplomatic relations.
Observers see the visit of the Zaire Head of State after a period of cool relations as an indication of a desire by China to improve its links with African nations. During his ten days in the country, President Mobutu was welcomed warmly wherever he went.
From the tombs, the President and his party went to the famous Great Wall, where they spent a short time viewing the surrounding landscape from one of the watch towers.
Foreign Minister Chi Peng-Fei explained to the party the history of the Great Wall and its part in the Chinese people's struggle for independence.
At a special ceremony in Peking's Great Hall of the People, President Mobutu and China's Premier Chou En-lai watch as a significant step is reached in the improved relations between the two countries. The occasion was the signing of agreements on economic and technical co-operation, and on trade. Details of the accords have not been made public.
Premier Chou was presented with a book on Zaire to mark the occasion. In return, the Chinese leader presented President Mobutu and his wife with a jade statuette. Later, the President had an audience with Chairman Mao Tse-tung.