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Thursday, 22 October 1964


Senator PALTRIDGE - The Australian Government is not in possession of any information from the Government of China about the progress which has been made with nuclear explosions or the production of nuclear weapons. The information that is available and which can be assessed by observation and instrumentation seems to indicate that the most recent explosion is not of a technically advanced type when compared with what has occurred in other parts of the world. It is believed that the recently reported nuclear explosion indicates that China will not be in possession of nuclear weapons for quite a number of years to come. That is the only information that is available; no information is available from the Chinese Government. We must necessarily rely on the sources that are at our command.







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