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277 Department of External Affairs to Mighell

Cablegram 4786 CANBERRA, 6 November 1949, 5.45 p.m.


Following are texts of informal exchanges between Minister and
United States Ambassador.

I. Informal message from Dr. Evatt in reply to United States
Ambassador. Begins:

The Australian Government's view with regard to the recognition of
the Communist regime in China accords very largely with the United
States Government view.

The Australian Government sees no great urgency in recognition,
but believes that recognition should not be unduly delayed if, by
delay, the position of the Western Powers is worsened.

In particular, it should be possible, by negotiating in the near
future for recognition, to obtain undertakings for the political
integrity of neighbouring countries, particularly Hong Kong, and
to establish a Commission including representatives of Communist
China for the purpose of ensuring the carrying out of these

The Australian Government would urge that negotiations should be
commenced immediately with the Communist authorities to see
whether, in return for recognition at some future date,
undertakings would be given to respect the sovereignty of
neighbouring territories and to establish a Commission whose duty
it would be to see such sovereignty was in fact respected.

Otherwise indefinite delay in granting recognition has no positive
advantages; it may easily work to the great disadvantage of all
Western Powers.

The Australian Government urges the consultation of United States
and Australia in advance so that action taken can be concerted.


2. Informal message from United States Ambassador at Canberra.


The United States views on the question of possible recognition of
the Communist regime in China remain unchanged. The announcement
of an established Chinese Communist Government is a long
anticipated development and does not in the United States view
lend any special urgency to the question of recognition by non-
Communist countries. This development does, however, point up the
necessity of interested friendly Governments maintaining in their
own interest a common attitude respecting the question. The United
States Government therefore desires to emphasize the need for a
full exchange of views between friendly countries prior to any
definite or independent steps looking toward recognition by any of

[AA:A1838/278, 494/2/10, ii]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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