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David Willey on China in 1965

4 September 2012 Last updated at 16:58 BST

The BBC's David Willey describes the China he witnessed in 1965 - an unmechanised, predominantly agriculturalised country about to experience the Cultural Revolution under Mao Zedong - over footage he shot at the time in Beijing, where Willey also catches a glimpse of the "Great Helmsman" himself.

Read more about David Willey's return to Beijing.