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Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australia and Recognition of the People's Republic of China

The documents in this volume, extracted mainly from the files of the Department of External/Foreign Affairs and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, tell the story of how successive Australian Governments from 1949 to 1972 grappled with the question of how to deal with the new People's Republic of China and with the issue of whether, when and under what conditions, to recognise it.

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