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Tuesday, 10 November 1959

Sir WILFRID KENT HUGHES (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Prime Minister or the acting Minister for External Affairs. Why do we continue to ignore, if not unintentionally insult, Nationalist China by sending diplomatic legations to Cambodia, Laos and all other Asian nations except the Republic of China? Is it because we are afraid that such an appointment might affect markets in red China? If so, does the Minister know that West Germany, which does not recognize Peking, gets more trade than does Great Britain, which recognizes Peking? Lastly, as the Nationalist Chinese Government played a large part in preventing Australia from being overrun during the war, and has played even a bigger part in preventing South-East Asia from being overrun since the war, why is no Australian Minister allowed to visit Taipei and why is no V.I.P. from Taiwan ever invited to Australia by the Australian Government? Why, also, is no Australian diplomatic representative appointed to the Republic of China?

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