Undertaking a State Visit to China, Mrs Bandaranaike was warmly received by Chinese leader Mao Tsetung, Premier Chou En-lai and senior leaders of the country. In her wide ranging discussions with her counterpart, Mrs Bandaranaike explained the Five Year Plan of her Government. In support of her efforts, the Chinese Government immediately provided Sri Lanka with a long-term loan free of interest. In the area of international relations, Mrs Bandaranaike stressed the proposal for declaring the Indian Ocean a Zone of Peace, a move that was widely supported by China. Discussions also focused on Indochina, Palestine and the situation in the South Asian subcontinent. Mrs Bandaranaike visited Shenyang, Talien and Shanghai during her State Visit.