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Wednesday, 28 October 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice:

Which countries have extended diplomatic recognition to the People's Republic of China and when did they do so.

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




Notes -

(i)   All Communist Chinese diplomats were expelled from Burundi in 1965, Central African Republic in 1966, Dahomey in 1966 and Ghana in .1966. The Central African Republic and Dahomey subsequently recognised the Government of the Republic of China with its seat in Taipei.

(ii)   Indonesia's relations with the People's Republic of China were suspended in October 1967.

(iii)   Peking has not reciprocated Israel's recognition.

(iv)   Nigeria states that it recognises both Chinese Governments, but has relations with neither.

(v)   On 7th May 1970 Peking withdrew recognition from the Cambodian Government and accorded recognition to Sihanouk's exile Royal Government of National Union' in Peking. On 24th July 1970, a mission of the Republic of China was established in Phnom Penh.

War Service Homes (Question No. 2080)

Mr Armitage asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing:

Why does the War Service Homes Division insist that, before it will grant a loan, the proprietors of the relative certificate of title must be registered as joint tenants and not tenants in common.

Dr Forbes (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Health) - The Minister for Housing has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The War Service Homes Act provides that an eligible person and the wife or husband of that person may be treated together as an eligible person for the purposes of the Act but the application of this provision is prohibited by the legislation if the land, or land and dwelling-house, is or are owned or proposed to be owned by the eligible person and his or her wife or husband otherwise than as joint tenants.

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