§ 23. Mr. Warbey
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will now initiate discussions with Mr. Chen-Yi with a view to raising diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the Chinese People's Republic to the Ambassadorial level.
§ Mr. Warbey
Would not this be a very good time to make the proposal again? Would not the establishment of normal diplomatic relations with the 814 Chinese People's Republic enable this country to get back to the peacekeeping rôle in South-East Asia exercised so brilliantly by Lord Avon in 1954, or are the Government content to allow this function now to be transferred to France?
§ Mr. Thomas
We think that it is for the Chinese rather than for ourselves to make any new initiative.