Mr. John Diefenbaker, the former Canadian Prime Minister, arrived in the Republic of China's capital?
SCV Diefenbaker leaves plane with reception committee (2 shots)
SV Diefenbaker out of car & greeted
SV Diefenbaker greeted by Foreign Affairs Minister Wei Tao-Ming
SV Diefenbaker and Foreign Minister talk with others (3 shots)
SV Diefenbaker being greeted by various people including Wei Tao-Ming at dinner
CU handing out serviettes to guests & Diefenbaker talking to people (4 shots)
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Background: Mr. John Diefenbaker, the former Canadian Prime Minister, arrived in the Republic of China's capital city, Taipei, last Friday (June 5) for a seven day visit. It is believed that the main purpose of his stay is to test reaction to the Canadian Government's decision to establish diplomatic relations with the Peoples' Republic of China.
The 75-year-old Canadian statesman is firmly opposed to the recognition of the Peiping regime by the Pierre E. Trudeau administration. He has voiced his opposition many times in the Canadian House of Commons.
He told at Taipei press conference that he was collecting first-hand information on the Republic of China for a report to the House of Commons. He said that Canada should not, under any conditions, especially taking into account the current situation in Asia, do anything to bring about the legal recognition of the Peiping regime.
During his stay, Mr. Diefenbaker, who is accompanied by his secretary. Joel W. Aldred, is visiting military installations and economic development projects