President Carter's National Security Affairs Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, met Chinese leader Hua Kuo-feng after talks with other Chinese top officials in what diplomatic sources described as a positive atmosphere.
MV INT Chinese Chairman Hua Kuo-feng greets U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski in Peking
CU Hua and Brazinski PULL BACK posing for pictures
MV & GV Hua and Brzezinski take their seats for talks (2 shots)
MVs Hua and Brzezinski seated talking (4 shots)
MV & GV Aides watch as Hua and Brzezinski continue talks (4 shots)
MV Brzezinski and Hua shake hands
Sources believed Mr. Brzezinski and Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Huang Hua had discussed the turmoil in Zaire. The New China News Agency (NCNA) had claimed on 18 May that the rebellion in Shaba province was engineered by the Soviet Union and carried out by Cuban mercenaries. The Agency quoted Huang Hua as having told the Zairean Ambassador to Peking that China firmly supported his government.
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Background: President Carter's National Security Affairs Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, met Chinese leader Hua Kuo-feng after talks with other Chinese top officials in what diplomatic sources described as a positive atmosphere. Their talks were on Monday (22 May).
SYNOPSIS: Reports said the atmosphere was a big improvement on the frosty mood left when American Secretary of State Cyrus Vance was in Peking ten months ago. Before this meeting with Premier Hua Kuo-feng, Mr. Brzezinski had long talks with senior Vice-Premier Teng Hsiaoping.
Sources said Mr. Teng told Mr. Brzezinski that establishing full diplomatic ties between Washington and Peking would be a long process. In the meantime, relations in such areas as personal contacts, trade, science and technology would keep expanding. Mr. Teng warned that detente with the Soviet Union was dangerous.
Mr. Brzezinski had earlier passed on President Carter's message that the United States was determined to join China in overcoming obstacles to drawing their relations closer together. The envoy had spoken of several fundamental beliefs that shaped the United State's approach to China. These stemmed from friendship and the knowledge that stronger Sino-American relations were vital to world peace. Washington was aware that a secure and strong China was an asset in America's international affairs. In return, China's interests were served by a powerful, confident and globally-engaged United States.