Office of the British Charge
19 March, 1969
During my call on the Tanzanian Charge d’Affaires he told me that there is a group of young Tanzanians studying acrobatics in Kwangtung Province. They have apparently been there for some time. Recently, the Charge has received a number of reports from the group that they were worried by disturbances resulting from the Cultural Revolution in which they had indirectly been involved. They had, moreover, heard shooting on a number of occasions. They and the Tanzanian Embassy here had been assured by the Chinese that this was an entirely internal matter about which they need not be concerned!
2. The group, which consists of young men and women, have, I gather, also been put off by what they regard as the unnecessarily puritanical attitude of the Chinese towards relations between the sexes. The Charge, who has paid several visits to the group, hopes to do so again shortly and has said he will let me know how he finds them.
I am sending copies of this letter to Robin McLaren in Hong Kong, Michael Wilford in Washington and to Chancery at Dar-es-Salaam.
Colin Wilson, Esq..,
Far Eastern Department,