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Thursday, 2 December 1965

Mr McEWEN - This is the first I have heard of any such report. I do not know its author or its authenticity. The position, as I have said quite clearly, is that the trade that Australia does with mainland China is in accordance with an agreement among all the Western powers. There are certain items of trade which the Western powers are prepared to sell to mainland China and there are certain items that Australia along with the other Western powers, is not prepared to sell to mainland China.

Mr Calwell - The United States is not a party to the agreement to sell certain items.

Mr McEWEN - The United States is the only country, to my knowledge, that is not conducting any trade with mainland China. The other Western countries are acting as Australia is acting.

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