Wu Deguang, a former counsellor of the Protocol Department of the foreign ministry, recently wrote that from April 26 to May 1, 1984, President Reagan of the United States was invited to visit China. Chinese leaders attach great importance to this. In preparation for the president's visit, the United States sent three advance teams. In terms of security, there are those who are in charge of the food and living of the president and his wife, and those who are in charge of the president's transportation The president of the superpower's trip, with its large layout, high requirements and complex arrangements, has increased a lot of work for the concierge department.
Although Han Xu, then Vice Foreign Minister, told the United States that China is fully capable of ensuring the security of the president, the United States remains skeptical of China's security measures and constantly puts forward ridiculous demands. The US side proposed to send its agents to the kitchen to supervise Chinese cooks' cooking, saying that all their president's food must be inspected by agents. After listening to the crying and laughing, Han Xu said, "the leaders of our country also eat the food for the president of the United States."
There are so many special places to receive the leader of such a superpower. In China, the president seldom goes to the front door to participate in activities. Security personnel always look for unexpected entrances to let the president in and out: underground garage, back door of hotel kitchen "This may not be very good. It seems to be disrespectful to the president," said the Chinese comrade in charge of security. "It doesn't matter. Our president is used to going by the side door," said US security officials
When he was in Beijing, President Reagan went to the Great Wall Hotel to attend the reception without going through the front door. The car drove straight to the garage door in the south of the hotel. After entering the garage, he passed through the simple decorated cement corridor, the kitchens, warehouses, service personnel offices and other logistics facilities on both sides, and finally arrived at the lobby. After visiting the Museum of terra cotta warriors in Xi'an, he went to visit a local market. Before he left, Reagan had to put on his bulletproof vest to avoid being shot. There is only one cleaner toilet in the museum. Before Reagan arrived, the two American soldiers who stood in front of him had been "occupied" for a long time, saying that it was "the president's toilet". Even Secretary of state Schultz had to go to other toilets. Zhu Muzhi, the leader of our company, wants to go to the restroom. These two "royal forest soldiers" are not allowed to live or die. Our guard couldn't bear to see it. They fought one by one, and pulled the two "royal forest forces" apart.
Why was Reagan cautious? It turns out that on the 70th day of Reagan's inauguration, there was a world shaking assassination of Reagan. Reagan himself was shot. Fortunately, he was not fatal. He recovered more than 10 days later. This matter is very stressful for its security personnel. Their nerves are still extremely tense after coming to China. It seems that the president prefers to go by the side door, which is not difficult to understand.
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