China attacked the Soviet Union while Guyana and Sweden condemned South Africa in the United Nations General Assembly debate on apartheid on Friday (29 October).
China attacked the Soviet Union while Guyana and Sweden condemned South Africa in the United Nations General Assembly debate on apartheid on Friday (29 October). China accused the Soviet Union of trying to break up black liberation movements in South Africa in order to disrupt general black African unity.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet Union was infiltrating South Africa pretending to be an enemy of racism, China's deputy permanent representative Lai Ya-li told the Assembly. But in reality it was trying to sabotage the region's black liberation movement, he said.
The Soviet Union was trying to disrupt the unity of black African states because it recognised that black African wanted to be totally free of super-powers. So in order to gain real control in South Africa, he said, the Soviet saw that they would have to divide black Africa.
Mr. Lai also accused the United States of supporting what he called racist regimes in southern Africa. He did not directly identify either super-powers, but accused the Soviets of harbouring the 'wilder ambitions' in seeking expansion in southern Africa. He was followed by Guyana and Sweden.