• Short Summary

    The first diplomatic mission from The People's Republic of China to Australia arrived in Canberra on Friday (2 March).

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    The first diplomatic mission from The People's Republic of China to Australia arrived in Canberra on Friday (2 March).

    For twenty-four years Australian Governments had not recognised The People's Republic. The arrival of the advance party of nine officials, followed the recognition of The People's Republic of China by the new Labour Government, and the severance of diplomatic ties with the Kuomintang regime.

    The Labour Party, during its years in Opposition, had consistently pressed for the recognition of The People's Republic.

    The Chinese delegation was led by Chu Chi-chen who will have the statue of counsellor and will be Charge d'Affaires at the embassy until a permanent ambassador is named.

    Previous Australian Governments had traded with The People's Republic of China, while refusing recognition. In July 1971, Mr. Gough Whitlam, then leader of the Opposition, now Prime Minister, led a delegation to China and one of the first acts of the new Government was to recognise The People's Republic.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6UQQN49PF3WHI0111CANJ5FRC
    Media URN:
    VLVA6UQQN49PF3WHI0111CANJ5FRC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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