UNITED NATIONS: China's First Veto

Exactly ten months after China's admission to the United Nations, the Peking delegation last week wielded its first veto as a permanent member of the Security Council. The issue was particularly embarrassing for a country that had itself been excluded for 22 years—the admission of Bangladesh.

Formerly the eastern half of Pakistan, Bangladesh broke away in the short bloody war last December, during which China supported Pakistan, while India backed the rebels. Since then the new country has clearly earned entrée to the U.N.; 85 nations already recognize it. But China, speaking for Pakistan, strenuously opposed Bangladesh's admission while more than...

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