The Vice-Chairman of China's National People's Congress, Madame Teng Ying-chao, returned to Peking on Saturday (21 January) after a four day visit to Cambodia, where she had lengthy talks about the country's border war with Vietnam.
SV Madame Teng Ying-chao emerges from aircraft in Peking waving to welcoming committee
SV Welcoming committee applauding as Madame Teng waves back (2 shots)
SV Madame Teng being greeted by party officials
SV Madame Teng accompanied by long line of officials being welcomed back
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SV Welcoming party greeting other members of Madame Teng's group as they leave aircraft
SV Madame Teng embracing women officials
SV Madame Teng and officials posing for photograph in front of aircraft
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Background: The Vice-Chairman of China's National People's Congress, Madame Teng Ying-chao, returned to Peking on Saturday (21 January) after a four day visit to Cambodia, where she had lengthy talks about the country's border war with Vietnam.
SYNOPSIS: On arrival at Peking airport Madame Teng was given a rousing welcome from a large reception committee, including many senior government and Communist Party officials.
Madame Teng is the widow of Chou En-lai, the former Chinese Prime Minister. She is a member of the Communist Party Central Committee and during her talks was described as a senior representative of the Peking government. The talks took place in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh with the Cambodian Premier, Pol Pot. According to Reuters news agency, they were part of Chinese efforts to try and bring Cambodia and Vietnam to the negotiating table.
For the past month the two Communist Indochinese states have been engaged in fierce fighting on their common southern border.
Travelling with Madame Teng was a top level delegation, including Foreign Affairs Vice-Minister Han Nien-lung. They too were welcomed home.
There has been no official word from China on the success or otherwise of Madame Teng's mission. But according to a report in the London Times newspaper, she has been quoted as telling French Prime Minister Raymond Barre that China regards Cambodia as a victim of Vietnamese aggression. Mr. Barre is currently on a tour of China.
Observers have said that Madame Teng's statement marks the first time that Peking had directly criticised Vietnam for its role in the fighting.