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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3075


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) en asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Government have consultations with the governments of any of our South East Asian or

Pacific neighbours prior to its recognition of (a) the People's 'Republic of China and (b) the Democratic Republic of Vietnam?

(2)   If so, when and with which governments were such consultations held?


Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   In both instances a number of Australian missions were instructed to inform in advance the governments to which they were accredited that Australia intended to open negotiations with the People's Republic of China and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam for mutual recognition and the establishment of diplomatic relations.

(2)   The governments in the Asian and Pacific region so informed (and the dates on which the aboveinstructions were sent) were those of: (a) People's Republic of China, 5 December 1972:

Burma

Canada

Indonesia

Japan

Malaysia

New Zealand

Philippines

Singapore

Thailand

United States

(b)   Democratic Republic of Vietnam, 2 February, 1973:

Canada

Indonesia

Japan

Laos

Malaysia

New Zealand

Philippines

Republic of Vietnam

Singapore

Thailand

United States







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