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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 17. July 18th, 1973

Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy

While we have not yet had the opportunity to study Chinese foreign policy in depth, or discuss it with our Chinese friends several things over the last week have shown us that the Chinese people have not abandoned ther internationalist obligations to the people of the world who are struggling against imperialism and oppression.

At the "East is Red" Kindergarten in Canton it was really heartening for those of us who have participated in the struggle against U.S. Imperialism in New Zealand to see young children performing a song that repeated Chairman Mao's 1970 statement — "It is not the people of the world who fear U.S. Imperialism, but U.S. Imperialism that fears the people of the world." One of the main parts of political education classes at"schools, factories and coluntary study groups is study of current events and struggles that are going on in the world at present. The large number of foreign delegations visiting China that we have met and have read about in the news, and the very friendly attitude of Chinese people towards foreigners emphasises the people's tremendous awareness of their internationalist obligations.

We have been in the People's Republic now for only a week and there is a great deal we have seen that we have not yet fully understood. But one thing is clear. We are travelling through a country that is still going through a revolution, and although we are only seeing a glimpse of that revolution to see it happening with your own eyes is a tremendously exciting experience