Vice Premier Deng (center) and members of his party are shown with Hughes Tool Chairman Raymond M. Holliday (wearing raincoat) and Hughes Tool President James R. Lesch (behind Deng) as they arrived at the company's facilities in Houston.
Hughes Tool Company, a client of our Houston office, was host to His Excellency Deng Xiaoping, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Vice Premier Fang Li and other members of (he Chinese delegation that visited the United States earlier this year.
Hughes Tool was one of only three manufacturing facilities toured by the mainland Chinese during their stay in this country. According to Gene Harris, DH&S partner in charge of the Hughes Tool engagement, the press party was so large — some 250 representatives of local, national and international communications media — that it was necessary to limit their number to a pool of sixty during the tour of the Hughes facilities.
At least one of the reasons for the visit to the Houston headquarters of Hughes may have been the long-standing business relationship between Hughes Tool and the People's Republic of China. China is an important customer of Hughes in the Far East. Since 1973, it has been a
In tab building, Hughes President James Lesch (light suit at left) pauses with H.C. Dill (I.), director of research for Hughes Tool, and Bob Lockhart (2nd I.}, China sales representative for the company, as Vice Premiers Fang Li (r., foreground) and Deng (2nd r., foreground) study special exhibit of products of Hughes Tool Co. and its subsidiaries.