Chairman Mao met with Mr. Mitterrand
In February 1961, at the invitation of CPIFA, Mr. Francois Mitterrand visited China in the capacity ofSenator of France. In his meeting with Chairman Mao Zedong, Mitterrand said that the wall between France and China could be removed. Chairman Mao replied that the wall was not too high. It was there only temporarily and would eventually be brought down by the people. In 1964, France became the first Western power to establish full diplomatic relations with China.
Chairman Mao met with Mr. Suwirjo
At the invitation of CPIFA, Mr.Suwirjo, Chairman of the Indonesian National Party visited China on October 1, 1959. Chairman Mao Zedong met with him and his wife in Beijing.
Chairman Mao met with Mr. Kuhara
In September 1955, Chairman Kuhara Fusanosuke of Japan’s “National Conference on Restoration of Japanese-Chinese and Japanese-Soviet Diplomatic Relations” and his party visited China at the invitation of CPIFA and they were met by Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai. In Hong Kong, en route back for Japan, Mr. Kuhara told journalists that Chairman Mao and Premier Zhou were very enthusiastic about the restoration of relations between the two countries, so the obstacle was only on the side of Japan.
Chairman Mao met with Brazilian Senate
Chairman Mao Zedong and Vice-Chairman Liu Shaoqi met with the delegation of Brazilian Senate visiting China at the invitation of CPIFA on December 2, 1956.
Premier Zhou met with U.S. Senators
In April 1972, a delegation of U.S. Senators, headed by Majority leader Mike Mansfield and Minority Leader Hugh Scott, visited China at the invitation of the CPIFA. On April 20, Premier Zhou Enlai met with the delegation. This is the first delegation from the U.S. Senate that paid a visit to China.
Chairman Mao Meeting with Mr. FaureThe CPIFA, as early as in June 1957, extended an invitation to Mr. Edgar Faure, former Prime Minister of France, to visit China. After the visit, Mr. Faure published a book on the New China entitled The Snake and the Tortoise, calling on Western countries to adopt a bold and open policy toward China. Mr. Faure visited China again in October 1963 as the guest of CPIFA carrying a letter by French President General Charles de Gaulle in wish to restore normal diplomatic relations between France and China. He was met with by Chairman Mao Zedong, Premier Zhou Enlai and Vice Premier Chen Yi. For fourteen years, said Mr. Faure, France didn’t recognize the People’s Republic of Chia and this was a mistake. France therefore should take the first step. After several rounds of negotiations, the two sides reached an agreement on the procedure of establishing diplomatic relations, which paved the way for the official establishment of diplomatic ties between China and France in the following year. The photo shows Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai meeting with Mr. Faure and his wife in Shanghai on November 2, 1963.
Chairman Mao met with Rodriguez