Australia's Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, visited the Great Wall of China as part of a tour of China on Thursday (24 June).
Australia's Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, visited the Great Wall of China as part of a tour of China on Thursday (24 June). His week-long visit to the country is seen as an effort to strengthen relations between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Fraser says China and Japan hold the key to prosperity and peace for Australia. He sees China as a major counter to the threat of Soviet expansionism in South East Asia.
During his talks with Chinese leaders earlier in the week, Mr. Fraser said his country would help Indonesia and Malaysia to stop Soviet penetration. Sources quoted by Reuters News Agency said Mr. Fraser has spoken of doubts about Indonesia's future and about instability in Malaysia.
Mr. Fraser's criticism of Soviet policy has apparently angered Soviet and other East European delegates. They've boycotted his visit...including his arrival at the airport and an official welcome. The Australian leader was reported as saying the Soviet Union should be judged by its actions, not words and that the two did not always match. He was reported to have particularly mentioned Moscow's involvement in Angola. Mr. Fraser apparently expressed concern that he Soviet Union might try to assert a stronger influence on Yugoslavia after President Tito dies.