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Chou En-Lai Dies / Career #242745

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 08, 1976
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(Studio) Premier Chou En-lai, 78, dies of cancer in Peking. He planned for orderly transfer of power during his 3-yr. illness.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Chou's death not expected to affect US-Chinese relations
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(People's Republic of China) December `75 film shows 1st vice-prem., Teng Hsiao-ping. Teng's political significance and background noted. 2nd vice-prem., Chang Ch'un-ch'iao, is Teng's moderate rival. Youngest Chinese political figure is vice-chairperson of Central Committee of Communist party, Wang Hung-wen, 40, who is radical.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(DC) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger meets with Israeli representatives [KISSINGER - praises Chou. US-Chinese relations determined by permanent interests. Regrets Chou's death.] President Ford expresses regret of death; confident that relations will continue to grow on foundation of cooperation and understanding.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(Studio) Chou was aristocrat, scholar, Marxist and diplomat.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(People's Republic of China) Chou became premier of People's Republic of China, at its founding in 1949. Chou's overtures to Kissinger and President Richard Nixon instrumental in thawing US-Chinese relations in `72. He could bridge E.-W. Chou studied in Japan and France. By 22, he had spent 6 mos. in jail as student agitator. He met his wife in jail. Chou was key political leader at Ntlist. army training ctr. Alliance between Ntlists. and Communists broken in 1927. Chinese Communists went underground and eventually grew in power. Chou became member of central committee and close ally of Mao Tse-tung. Chou arranged truce between Chiang Kai-shek and Communist forces. Communists finally defeat Ntlists. On October 1, 1949, Premier Chou on reviewing stand with Mao. Chou and Mao bargain for Soviet aid in Moscow. China fights against United States in Korea. Chou walks out of world Communist party conference in 1961, angered at Nikita Khrushchev's treatment of Albania. China takes United Nations seat in 1971, under Chou's leadership Nixon visited Chou and Mao in February 1972; Representative Gerald Ford visited Chou in June 1972. Chou was major force in bringing forth Teng as administration leader Chou reported revolutionary and man of action.
REPORTER: David Culhane

(Studio) Nixon praises Chou; says few will match his impact on world history.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Reporter(s):
Culhane, David;
Kalb, Bernard;
Mudd, Roger
Duration:
00:07:40

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