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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 1950


Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and concerns recognition of the People's Republic of China. Is it not a fact that the Australian Government in its recent ministerial statement on foreign affairs indicated its willingness to approach the matter of recognition of the People's Republic of China on the same criteria as have been invariably applied to recognition by and between nations?


Senator WRIGHT - It will be recalled that in the statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, which I read to the Senate on the 9th of this month, it was said that Australia's position was that we were willing to recognise the People's Republic of China and exchange diplomatic representatives in accordance with normal international practice. The statement then went on to say that certain conditions were stipulated by the People's Republic of China, one of which was that we should acknowledge it as the sole legal government of China and as having sovereignty over Taiwan. Reference was made then to that fact. Further in his statement the Minister said:

.   . Australia is naturally and quite properly reluctant and indeed unwilling to submit to Peking's stipulation that it should abandon its friend.

Those excerpts bring into focus, j; think, the parts of the speech which the honourable senator is probing.







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