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Which one would be heading the-what are your ideas on who would have the Security Council seat?


Obviously this is a very difficult problem, but the thing I was interested in at the time, and the Times was interested in was having the United States take, what seemed to us, a much more logical and realistic position than had been, one of just blind opposition to, and negation of, Communist China, which, after all, is a country of seven hundred million people. We were perfectly aware that Communist China would not under any present circumstances accept this proposal that we're advocating. We know Communist China has repeatedly said, as indeed Taiwan has said too, that they wouldn't take such a basis for admission to the United Nations.

This is not going to become a battle in the near future, but it would put the United States, at least, in a reasonable position, because this is really a reasonable position, a position in which we would recognize a country that we don't like, but we would recognize its existence. It's unbelievable, it's got almost a quarter of the population of the globe, and yet it would not wreck our relationship and our commitments to Taiwan. After all, the United States is tied up with commitments to Taiwan, and in fact, there is no reason why the Communists should be handed control of Taiwan. Of course, naturally, I would not be in favor of that. We know this isn't going to be accepted, but we do feel that this is a reasonable position for the United States to take.

So when you ask me what we're going to do with respect to the coming session, I would simply say we're going to do, although I never liked predictions, we're going to continue

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