NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
27th October, 1971 : The United States policy on the two Chinas was overwhelmingly defeated in the UN. The US was hoping the UN would allow the nationalist regime in Formosa, which it backs, to keep its seat, while at the same time admitting Communist China, with which it is seeking to make peace. Albania forced a decision on a joint motion expelling Formosa, which the US failed to avoid being put to the vote. When the result of the vote was declared – 76 to 35 in favour of Formosa going – the US delegate, George Bush, called it “a moment of infamy”. Britain voted against the US.