HC Deb 28 July 1966 vol 732 cc1891-2
Q5. Mr. Bidwell

asked the Prime Minister if, during his forthcoming United States visit he will urge full recognition for the Chinese Peking Government and an invitation to join the United Nations Organisation.

The Prime Minister

The United States Government are already well aware of our position on these questions which was set out in my speech to the United Nations General Assembly on 16th December last.

Mr. Bidwell

Will not my right hon. Friend; re-emphasise this British view when he goes to Washington, and will not he agree that, in the interest of world peace, he should emphasise that the only feasible Government of China should be invited to come before the bar of world opinion by being invited to join the United Nations Organisation? Meanwhile, may I wish my right hon. Friend all the best on his trip to Washington?

The Prime Minister

I thank my hon. Friend for his concluding words. I do not think that this needs any re-emphasising on the United States Government, who are well aware of our position. As I have said, this was one of the central themes of my address to the United Nation's General Assembly last December.

Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop

Would the right hon. Gentleman recognise that, whatever the merits of Communist China getting a seat, the Nationalist Government in Formosa at least has the same right to remain there—[Interruption.]—as the representative of the Ukraine or Byelo Russia in the United Nations?

The Prime Minister

I do not know that pursuing that subject would be particularly helpful to the aim which, I should have thought, was the same in the three parties in this House, and that is to see that the representative of China to the United Nations is the Chinese Government.