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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1145

Senator HANNAN - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs whether it is a fact that last week the Government of Mainland China placed an order in the United States for $28m worth of wheat. Is it a fact that the Government of the United States has repeatedly refused to grant diplomatic recognition to the Government of Mainland China? Does this order placed by China in the United States rebut the furphy spread by the Australian Labor Party that Red China is refusing lo buy our wheat only because the Australian Government has so far declined to grant China diplomatic recognition?

Senator WRIGHT - Both facts to which the honourable senator refers are confirmed. As to whether the conclusion he draws should be supported responsibly in the Senate, I prefer that it be the subject of very careful examination because the reasons motivating the trade policies of the People's Republic of China are apt to be very complex.

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