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    Taiwan's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Liu Chieh, yesterday (Thursday) called for a ballot?

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    GV TILT down to entrance U.N. building

    GV Interior Taiwan delegate at stand

    CU Taiwan delegate speaking

    TRANSCRIPT: CHIEH: "I deem it important to state once again that in the eyes of the Chinese people everywhere the Government of the Republic of China is the only legally constituted Government that can fully give expression to the wishes of the Chinese people and speaks in their name in the international community. Indeed except for the presence of my delegation in the United Nations the cries of agony of the oppressed millions on the mainland of China can not even be heard in these halls. The other day the distinguished representative of Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Baroody, raised the question of plebiscite. In this connection I may be permitted to quote what my predecessor Doctor Chang had said at the 11th session of the General Assembly on November 15th 1956. I quote; Now, it is very important to know what the 500 million people of China want. Do they want the communists to represent them here or do they want my Government to continue to represent them here. I should like to state upon the instructions of my Government that if the United Nations could conduct among the entire people of China a free vote as to whom they wish to represent them in the United Nations, my Government would abide by the results of such a free choice of the Chinese people."

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    Background: Taiwan's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Liu Chieh, yesterday (Thursday) called for a ballot to be taken in the People's Republic of China to determine if the Chinese want to be represented by the Peking or Taipei Government. The Ambassador was speaking during the United Nations debate on a seat for China.

    Mr. Chieh said that his Government's policy on the question hadn't changed since the mid-1950's when the Foreign Minister made a request then for a ballot in China. Here's part of Mr. Chieh's speech;

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