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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2456


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say how many commando raids have been launched from Nationalist Chinese held territory against the Chinese mainland since January 1969.

(2)   Are such raids authorised by authorities of the United States of America.

(3)   What is the Australian Government's attitude on the legality of such raids.

(4)   Has the Government protested to the authorities in Taipei about their military operations against the Chinese mainland.


Mr Sinclair - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   to (4) The answer to the first part of the honourable member's question is in the negative. Answers to the other parts would call for statements either of policy, or of legal opinion which I do not propose to make, particularly since they would involve discussion of the mutual relations of 2 friendly foreign governments.







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