Duncan, James S.
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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto.
The People's Republic of China today, standing before us as a formidable reality. The People's Republic of China and its influence on the kind of world in which we, our children, and our children's children will be living. Events over the last five and a half years since the speaker was last there. The "Great Leap Forward"; China's economic breakdown. The difficulty of accurate assessment as to the actual progress made because of the lack of published statistics. The speaker's impressions. China's strength in her spirit of self reliance. Scientific and industrial development. Signs of modernization in the larger cities. China, as a whole, as a country of great backwardness and poverty but with a richness in terms of the quality and stamina of her people. Briefly, Sino-Soviet relations. Governing a country of over 700 million people. The Chinese Government leaders. The issue of recognition of China: when, and at what cost. A conclusion that the statu quo ante is still the best solution for the present. Suggestions for the United States to continue to explore every avenue leading to better relations. Canada's attitude towards China.