Despite a last-minute appeal by Indian Defence Minister, Krishna Menon, the United Nations General Assembly, Sept.22, voted to shelve for another year the question of the Chinese Peoples Republic joining the organisation.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 3) Menon: "My government is not particularly concerned, either to go into the statistics of Chinese industrial production or agricultural production or otherwise, or the nature of the communes or whatnots.
One thing is that they are internal matters. Secondly, I say with all respect, it is not the gigantic size of China or its production, that makers us think they should be here. It is a fact of their sovereignty, that I ask with respect for our smallest members - Iceland over here her population is less than 200,000 -- I ask for China, with a population of 650 million.
We are not particularly anxious to reiterate the amount of steel they produce, or the amount of food they have increased in production and so on. That of course is a matter of interests and in a matter of all the general production and wealth in the world, we have an interest. But that is not the argument. We are not saying because China is big and mighty, that it is dangerous to keep her out. What we are saying is this, that if we are to have a general world settlement, and to settle the affairs of the world, we can't have a great part of the world out of it".
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Background: Despite a last-minute appeal by Indian Defence Minister, Krishna Menon, the United Nations General Assembly, Sept.22, voted to shelve for another year the question of the Chinese Peoples Republic joining the organisation. The vote: 44 to 29 with nine abstentions.
Before taking a vote, the Assembly rejected amendments by Nepal which would have reversed the meaning of the American-sponsored plan to postpone the question. An appeal by menon, at the eleventh hour, for a discussion of the question, was unsuccessful.
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The not unexpected decision to shelve the question of communist Chinas membership, came as victory for the United States, which the day previous, branded Peking as an international outlaw.
Addressing the Assembly, American delegate, Walter S. Robertson Communist China of "mass murder and slavery on the own people and in woman torture and aggression on others". By every standard, of national and international conduct, he said, "the Red regime of Peking is an outlaw."
"To seat in the United Nations, which was founded to maintain peace, an habitual offender against the peace, would make a mockery of our Charter and rob it of all the moral authority it now possesses", he declared.
It was the ninth time the issue of Communist Chinese membership had been deferred.
Among delegates who changed positions from last year's vote on the subject, was Laos, which accused the Communists of "masterminding" the abstentions.