The Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Gough Whitlam, has had talks in Peking with Chairman Mao?
The Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Gough Whitlam, has had talks in Peking with Chairman Mao Tse Tung. The Australian leader arrived in the capital on Wednesday (31st October) for a five-day visit. His meeting with Chairman Mao on Friday (November 2nd) lasted for 90 minutes, but few details were disclosed.
The talks with Chairman Mao were widely anticipated. More unexpected was an hour-long discussion Mr Whitlam had with Prince Norodom Sihanouk, the ousted Cambodian leader, whose Government Australia does not recognise.
It was Mr. Whitlam's second visit to China. His first was in 1971, when he visited China as Australia's Opposition leader. The Prime Minister has had several rounds of talks with Premier Chou En-lai during the visit. They were expected to discuss general relations between their two countries as well as trade between them.