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    Samdech Norodom Sihanouk gives a grand banquet on evening of Sept. 8 in the Great Hall of the People in honour of Chinese leaders.

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    Background: Samdech Norodom Sihanouk gives a grand banquet on evening of Sept. 8 in the Great Hall of the People in honour of Chinese leaders.

    Among Chinese party and state leaders present on the occasion are Teng Hsiao-ping Chang Hun-chiao, Yao Wen-yuan, Li Hsien-nien, Chen Hsi-lien, Chi Teng-kuei, Wang Tung-hsing, Wu Teh, Wu Kuei-hsien, Su Chen-hua, Hsu Hsiang-chien, Nieh Jung-chen, Chen Yun, Tan Chen-lin, li Ching-chuan, Ulanfu, Chou Chien-jen, Hsu Teh-Heng, Hu Chueh-wen, Wang Chen and Ku Ma.

    Vice-Primer Phoumi Vongvichit of the Laotian Provisional National Union Government is also guest at the banquet.

    Also present are Madame Sihanouk, Cambodian Prime Minister Penn Nouth and Madame Penn Nouth, and Deputy Prime Minister Khieu Samphan.

    Speaking at the banquet, Samdech Norodom Sihanouk points out that the great victory finally won by the people of Kampuchea over U.S. Imperialism and its lackeys after a very bitter struggle of five years and one month is inseparable from the full and ardent support of the People's inseparable from the full and are ardent support of the People's republic of China. The victory of the people of Kampuchea over U.S. imperialism is also a victory of the graternal Chinese people.

    He declares that to win the war against the U.S. imperialist aggressors is surely an extremely important stage in the revolutionary course of the people of Kampuchea.

    The second stage of the march of our revolution, he continues, is the consolidation of the people's power, the realization of a truly people's democracy, the building up of a powerful and independent national economy by mainly relying on Cambodia's own strength and the defence of Cambodia's independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-alignment. "To ensure complete success at this second stage," he says, "We ought, both now and in future, to maintain high vigilance and unceasingly reinforce national union."
    He concludes that kampuchea serves and will serve sincerely the cause of world peace.

    In his speech, Vice-Premier Teng Hsiso--ping declares that after five years of dauntless fight, the Cambodian people finally won complete victory in their revolutionary war for national liberation. It is a victory for the line of independence and self-reliance to which they have adhered, a victory for their revolutionary spirit of defying brutal force, daring to fight and daring to win and a victory for their national unity forged in the common ha?red for and the common fight against the enemy. He continues: "We are deeply moved by the warm words of praise and thanks in regard to Chine which Samdech Norodom Sihanouk spoke of just now. We regard them as an encouragement and support to the Chinese people. We consider that the Cambodian people's great victory has been won mainly through their own efforts and that it is a powerful support to the Chinese people just as Chairman mao Tsetung has pointed out recently that it is not the Chinese people who have given assistance to the Cambodian people but the Cambodian people who have supported the Chinese people." In the common struggle ahead," the Chinese Vice-Premier concludes, "we are determined to united still more closely with the fraternal Cambodian people in mutual support and advance shoulder to shoulder with them."
    The banquet is immersed in profound Sentiments as the hosts and guests repeatedly proposed toasts to the daily growth and consolidation of the militant friendship between the peoples of the two countries.

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