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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2032

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) - My question, addressed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, follows on from a question I asked yesterday about the Chinese Trade Minister, Mr Pai or, to give him his full name, Pai Hsiang-Kuo. Does the Minister recall that Mr Pai came to Australia last May to sign a trade agreement with Australia? Would not the Minister, as Special Minister for State, meet such an important visitor in the eyes of the Government? Has the Minister seen a report by Jeff Penberthy in the Melbourne Press of 8 November, written from Peking, in which he said that Mr Pai had been replaced? Would the Minister find out the facts in this case and report to the Senate? In particular, would he report on the validity of the trade agreement between the 2 countries.

Senator WILLESEE -Yes, following the honourable senator's question yesterday, I do recall Mr Pai arriving here. I did not meet him. I think I was overseas at that time. I went away in late April and came back in early June, if my memory serves me right. I understand that Mr Pai has been dropped from the Politbureau in China. If there are any further details that may interest the honourable senator I will ascertain them and let him know. That is the general situation as I know it.

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