U.S. and Laos leaders meet for discussions on formation of a coalition government in Laos. Map of Laos. Plane comes cargo being unloaded from the plane. U.S. President John F. Kennedy meets Chairman of the council of Ministers of the USSR Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev in Vienna, Austria. Prince Souvanna Phouma of Laos disembark. He goes away in a car. Communist head of Laos comes and journalists interview him. The Laos Right Wing Military Chief being interviewed in Laos. Officials confer in a meeting.
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.
Fountain and pool in front of U.S. Capitol. Washington Monument in Washington DC, United States. Voice of America Headquarters, Wilbur J. Cohen Building, 330 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. Staff busy writing materials for broadcast Teletype tapes being cut. Banks of teletype machines receiving news from all over the world. VOI staff person assembles incoming story from teletype machine printer. Vast files of VOI broadcast tape recordings related to many countries. One file rack is labeled: Lao, Thai, Cambodia. Staff member retrieves tapes while another signs for some.
Major events around the world in the year 1961, causing international tensions and crisis after crisis. A large crowd runs on roads during riots in Cairo caused by death of African anti-colonial leader Patrice Lumumba. Fidel Castro strengthens his regime in Cuba. Castro addresses a large crowd of his supporters. Warfare splits newly formed nation of Congo. A leader waves hands towards crowd of his supporters. Soldiers fire rifles and advance cautiously in grasslands of Laos and South Vietnam during Vietnam War. War between brothers in Algeria. Soldiers fight on streets of a town.
Civil life in Vietnam. Animated earth revolves. Map shows area of Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. Terrain in Vietnam. Fishing boat up to the beach. Beach area. Bombed bridge over a river. Villagers walk on a pathway. Roadway leading through heavy foliage. Children build a pen towards the back of their home. Children who are 4-H club members and a boy. Two villagers carry coconuts.
Prince Souvanna Phouma, Premier of Laos, visits outpost in Thakhet, Laos. He walks from his car, accompanied by a group of Laotian military officers, and salutes contingent of soldiers lined up to greet him. The Prince, dressed in a business suit, with tie, carries a derby hat and cane, and smokes a pipe. He and his entourage enter a rustic building, where he is briefed by an officer using a large wall map. Laotian soldiers sit on armored vehicles, under shade trees. Group of tribesmen sit on ground, in shade. American military advisor examines captured weapons. Souvanna Phouma, wearing derby hat, converses outdoors, with Laotian soldier, wearing beret. He and entourage observe artillery firing demonstration. Laotian troops stand around a mortar.