The first diplomatic mission from The People's Republic of China to Australia arrived in Canberra on Friday (2 March).
GV Aircraft taxiing
MV Australian foreign affairs officials walk to 'plane
GV ZOOM TO MV Chinese delegation down steps and greeted
MV Demonstrators with banners
SV Chinese enter arrival lounge and greeted
STV & SV PAN Delegation through lounge towards cars (2 shots)
SV & GV PAN Demonstrators. (2 shots)
MV Delegation into car???
GV Demonstrators with banners surround car
MV PAN Demonstrator around car and car away
Initials ESP/1917 ESP/1937
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Background: The first diplomatic mission from The People's Republic of China to Australia arrived in Canberra on Friday (2 March).
For twenty-four years Australian Governments had not recognised The People's Republic. The arrival of the advance party of nine officials, followed the recognition of The People's Republic of China by the new Labour Government, and the severance of diplomatic ties with the Kuomintang regime.
The Labour Party, during its years in Opposition, had consistently pressed for the recognition of The People's Republic.
The Chinese delegation was led by Chu Chi-chen who will have the statue of counsellor and will be Charge d'Affaires at the embassy until a permanent ambassador is named.
Previous Australian Governments had traded with The People's Republic of China, while refusing recognition. In July 1971, Mr. Gough Whitlam, then leader of the Opposition, now Prime Minister, led a delegation to China and one of the first acts of the new Government was to recognise The People's Republic.