For the first time, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted on Friday (20 November) in favour of admitting the People's Republic of China to the United Nations.
For the first time, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted on Friday (20 November) in favour of admitting the People's Republic of China to the United Nations. But the motion was not carried because moments before the Assembly had approved an American-backed resolution declaring the China issue to be an "important question", requiring a two-thirds majority.
The Foreign Minister of Chiang Kai Shek's Taiwan regime, commenting on the vote, said that it indicated some shifting of positions in the last few days. He thanked 'friendly delegations' which continued to sustain Taiwan with their support, against the recognition of Communist China.
The voting on the admission of the People's Republic was 51 in favour, and 49 against, with 25 abstentions. The result produced an excited round of applause when it flashed up on the electronic marker board in front of the delegates.
In 20 years, the closest a resolution calling for the admission of the People's Republic had come to success was in 1965, when there was a 47-47 tie. Last year the vote was lost with 56 votes against, 48 in favour and 21 abstentions.
The resolution before the General Assembly was that it should decide to "restore all its rights to the People's Republic of China, and to recognise the representatives of its Government as the only lawful representative of China to the United Nations, and to expel forthwith the representatives if Chiang Kai-shek."
There to comment on the result of the vote, announced by Assembly President Edward Hambro, was ChIang s Foreign Minister Wei Tao Ming.