The South East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) opened its 14th Ministerial Council Meeting in Bangkok on Tuesday (20 May) dominated by the threat posed to South East Asia by the emergence of the People's Republic of China as a nuclear power.
LS Australian flag being raised.
CU Mr. Freeth at attention.
LS Australian flag.
MS Freeth into building.
LS Raising of New Zealand flag.
MCU Premier Holyoake at attention.
LS SEATO building.
MLS Flags of participating nations.
MCU Thai Premier Thanom addresses.
MCU Extreme left Mr Rogers of U.S.A.
CU Freeth -- second from right.
CU Thanom speaks.
MCU Freeth again -- PAN TO Holyoake.
LS Meeting in session.
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Background: The South East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) opened its 14th Ministerial Council Meeting in Bangkok on Tuesday (20 May) dominated by the threat posed to South East Asia by the emergence of the People's Republic of China as a nuclear power.
The eight-member-nations are: Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Britain, the Philippines, Thailand, France and Pakistan.
Australia is represented by External Affairs Minister Gordon Freeth and New Zealand by Prime Minister Keith Holyoake. Mr. William Rogers, the American Secretary of State, is representing the United States. He pledged that after U.S. troops have left Vietnam, the United States would not stop striving for long-term peace in South East Asia.
Opening the meeting, Thailand's Prime Minister, Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn said South East Asia was being threatened by the communists who were intensifying their efforts. "To meet this threat," he said, "We must counter it effectively with perseverance and unwavering determination."