Television coverage emphasises pageantry

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 October, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 October, 1997, 12:00am

The mainland's nationwide state-run evening television newscast opened last night with an eight-minute report on Mr Jiang in Hawaii.

The coverage of his reception and his first day's activities emphasised the formal pageantry of his arrival. Red carpets, national anthems, and US military honour guards made up much of the segment.

He was shown making his way from his jet to the tarmac, accompanied by his wife Wang Yepin, Foreign Minister Qian Qichen and other members of his delegation.

Mr Jiang was given an especially warm greeting on the tarmac by US Ambassador James Sasser, who could be heard saying in English: 'Welcome to the United States.' Mr Jiang was also shown on a short boat ride to the Pearl Harbour memorial, where he laid a wreath in tribute to the American sailors who perished during the Japanese attack in 1941. A newscaster recounted the story of the attack and quoted Mr Jiang as saying how the US and China both suffered at the hands of Japan, and fought together against it.

The President was then shown watching a children's dance performance.

There was no footage of Mr Jiang's swim at Waikiki Beach.