U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower's 175th press conference in Washington DC, United States. Several correspondents from different nations arrive for the President's 175th press conference. Men prepare cameras mounted on tripod stands at the back of a hall. President Eisenhower with an official walks past the newsmen seated in the hall. The President makes an announcement of his two and a half weeks' trip starting from December 4, 1959. The newsmen taking notes. The President says that he would be visiting nine countries and would be making brief informal visits to Rome, Ankara, Karachi, Kabul and would be in New Delhi for the inauguration of the American Exhibit at the World Agricultural Fair on December 11. He says he will visit Tehran and Athens on his way to Paris for the Western Summit meeting. He gives details of the 3 main days. December 4 - when they would be developing legislative program for the coming year, December 11 - the beginning of the World Agricultural Fair, and December 19 - when he would be in Paris for a meeting. A newsman asks the President the purpose of this extensive visit. The President states the importance and need of being the first U.S. President to make an extensive visit to a strategic continent like Asia. He expresses his interest in visiting India and millions of people who are struggling to raise their standard of living. He says that he will visit Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and other nations on the way. The President further says that he hopes to build in that region of Asia and in many other parts, a better understanding of the United States. A correspondent asks the President whether Mrs. Eisenhower and his family members would be joining him for the visit. The President says that some of his family members would be joining him but may be not his wife.
Progressive aggression leading to the take over of Tibet and fleeing of the Dlai Lama. Men raise the People's Republic of China flag on a mountain as armies of Communist China conquer Tibet. 1950: The Dalai Lama and Panchem Lama are brought to Peking in China. They are received by Chinese officials, presented with bouquets. A function at their arrival. 1955: African and Asian delegates at the Bandung Conference in Indonesia. China agrees to the 5 principles of peaceful co-existence. Delegates including Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. 1956: The Dalai Lama and Panchem Lama are permitted to visit India to celebrate the 2500th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. They are greeted by Pandit Nehru, Premier U Nu of Burma and other Indian officials an arrival. The Lamas with Indian officials seated for a meal on the ground in a hall. The Lamas are welcomed in a ceremony and Dalai Lama addresses the gathering. Tibet: China begins to impose Communist system on Tibetan borders. Construction work and forced labor. March 1959: Communist bombardment over Lhasa. The Potala monastery. Tibetans take up alms. Handcuffs and confinements. Demonstrations and protests outside the Chinese Embassy in Delhi. Former Prime Minister Of Tibet, Lukhangwa and other monks pay their respects at Mahatma Gandhi's samadhi (mausoleum) in New Delhi. Indian government officials and members of the international press reach Tezpur in Assam. They welcome the Dalai Lama. Photographers take pictures. The Dalai Lama addresses a gathering. Statues of Lord Buddha all over India and Asia. Tibetan monks pray. People sing Indian devotional song.
Propaganda piece about living conditions in China under the Communist regime of Mao Tse-tung, with images photographed by Indians visiting the country. Delegates from all over the world at an international conference. Representatives from Iraq, Canada, Romania, Australia and Pakistan among others. Elderly Chinese revolutionaries pose. Mao Tse-tung's views (according to a narrator): He believes that war in inevitable between capitalist and socialist nations. View of a rally and military parade in China. Explosions during the Korean War in 1951 with Chinese troops in action. Homeless, displaced Tibetan children and families after the Chinese take over in 1959. Indian Army soldiers return after China's attack on India during the Sino-Indian War in 1962. View of Soviet Union Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Map of Asia depicts Chinese aggression towards its neighbors. Explosions during the Chinese aggression in Vietnam and Laos. Mao Tse-tung intent on risking a war with the West.
Clouds loom over the Himalayas in Tibet. A Tibetan farmer and his wife work in a field. Goats near the house. A man distributes a traditional drink. Women play with a toddler. Shepherds with cattle. Farmers work in a field. Men lead horses with material for trade. The Potala Palace monastery in the capital of Lhasa. Traditional Tibetan architecture, intricate carvings and holy lamps in the monastery. The Dalai Lama, ruler of Tibet walks with monks in the monastery. He takes a seat as people pay their respect. Monks play traditional instruments. Traditional Tibetan music and dance performances under a tent. A crowd seated around the tent to watch. People in different parts of Asia follow the teachings of Dalai Lama. Devotees and monks walk down the steps of a temple. Monks at a ceremony. Lord Buddha statues in various temples across Asia.
U.S. President Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower during a visit in Asia. U.S. President arrives in Ankara, Turkey. He gets off an aircraft and is greeted by Mahmut Celal Bayar, the President of Turkey. People on either side of the streets welcome Ike. Policemen ride bikes in a formation. Both the Presidents in a motorcade. People look from the windows of their houses. A poster of U.S. President on a building. A sign reads 'Turks trust Ike'. He is given a farewell. The President gets in a plane and leaves for Pakistan. The President arrives in Karachi. Flags of the United States and Pakistan. U.S. President is greeted by Pakistani President Muhammad Ayub Khan. Soldiers stand in a squad. U.S. Persistent climbs up a carriage drawn by six horses and is escorted by guards. People stand on either side of the streets to greet him. People look from the gallery of their houses. He gets off the carriage and visits the tomb of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. He witnesses a display of horsemanship. Ike stands with Ayub and waves.
Launch of the National Foundation's expanded 1959 Program for Victories Beyond Polio in New York. Children suffering from Polio,Arthritic disease and birth disease at the launch of National Foundation's expanded 1959 Program. They move on crutches and wheel chair. Women stand behind them. Women hold posters.