• Short Summary

    THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA HAD A MASSIVE WELCOME AWAITING PRESIDENT NKRUMAH OF GHANA. BUT?

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    DR NKRUMAH ARRIVING IN PEKING - GREETED BY LIU SHAO-CHI AND HUGE CROWDS. DEPARTURE INTO PLANE SHOWING SOVIET MARKINGS - NO CROWDS AT AIRPORT.




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    Background: THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA HAD A MASSIVE WELCOME AWAITING PRESIDENT NKRUMAH OF GHANA. BUT EVEN AS HE ARRIVED NEWS WAS REACHING PEKING OF THE COUP THAT HAD TURNED HIM OUT OF OFFICE. THERE WAS A SPECTACULAR CEREMONIAL WELCOME FOR DR NKRUMAH WITH LIU SHAO-CHI, THE CHINESE HEAD OF STATE, AND PREMIER CHOU EN-LAI HEADING THE OFFICIAL PARTY. IT WAS IN SHARP CONTRAST TO THE SCENE FOUR DAYS LATER WHEN THE DEPOSED PRESIDENT LEFT WITH ONLY THE BRIEFEST FAREWELLS.

    AS FR NKRUMAH ARRIVED ON CHINESE SOIL HE WAS WARMLY EMBRACED BY LIU SHAO-CHI AND CHOU EN-LAI. A 21 GUN SALUTE BOOMED OUT IN WELCOME AND THE NATIONAL ANTHEMS OF GHANA AND THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA WERE PLAYED. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AT THE AIRPORT WAVED GAILY COLOURED FLAGS, BEAT DRUMS AND CYMBALS AND SHOUTED SLOGANS PROCLAIMING THE FRIENDSHIP OF THE TWO NATIONS. ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHINESE LEADERS, DR NKRUMAH WAS TO DRIVE IN STATE THROUGH THE CITY TO HIS GUEST RESIDENCE.

    SOON AFTER, DR NKRUMAH WAS TOLD OF THE COUP THAT HAD TURNED HIM OUT OF OFFICE AND FOUR DAYS LATER HIS DEPARTURE FROM PEKING WAS IN STEEP CONTRAST TO HIS COLOURFUL ARRIVAL. THE OUSTED PRESIDENT DROVE TO THE AIRPORT WITH MR CHOU IN A BLACK CAR WHICH FLEW NEITHER THE GHANAIAN NOR CHINESE FLAGS. STRICT SECURITY PRECAUTIONS WERE MAINTAINED ALONG THE ROUTE TO THE AIRPORT WHERE CORRESPONDENTS WERE NOT ALLOWED ONTO THE TARMAC FROM WHICH THEY NORMALLY WATCH THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF STATE GUESTS. AT THE AIRPORT LIU SHAO-CHI AND THE SOVIET AMBASSADOR IN PEKING, MR SERGEI LAPIN, SAID BRIEF GOOD-BYES TO DR NKRUMAH BEFORE HE BOARDED A SPECIAL AEROFLOT PLANE WHICH WAS TO TAKE HIM TO THE SOVIET UNION.

    BEFORE LEAVING DR NKRUMAH ISSUED A BRIEF STATEMENT SAYING THAT HE WOULD RETURN TO GHANA "DETERMINED TO STAMP OUT THE REBELLION WITHOUT DELAY."
    DR NKRUMAH IS NOW IN GUINEA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAENNZ9TB5NBQKMLSC8WQ15BH81
    Media URN:
    VLVAENNZ9TB5NBQKMLSC8WQ15BH81
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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