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home / archives / politics / china /  7th October 1974

Doing a deal!

New Deputy prime Minister of Australia Dr. Jim Cairns had led a pioneering trade mission to China in May, 1973 when he held the position of Minister for Overseas trade and Minister for Manufacturing Industry. In 1974 Australia held a major exhibition at the Peking Trade Fair in Peking (now Beijing) and Cairns was greeted by Premier Chou En-Lai.

A reader with a knowledge of Australian history will realise that the cartoon also implies that Chou En-Lai may have felt that China could capitalise on Australia's recent purchase of "Blue Poles". This thought should probably put be put down to cartoonists license!