Whitlam took political courage to China

Forty years on, Australian politicians must emulate Whitlam's vision and imagination if they are to manage competing interests in China and the US.

When Gough Whitlam went to Communist China in 1971 as leader of the opposition, the Cold War was in full swing. Australian diggers were fighting alongside American GIs in the jungles of Vietnam against the Chinese-backed Viet Cong.

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