The UNITED NATIONS - Can it 'Beat Swords into Plowshares'?
Did the admission of China signal the start of a new era in the annals of the United Nations? Can the United Nations now bring and maintain peace in our time? "Peking in, Taiwan out," reported unprecedented banner newspaper headlines. After 21 years of debate, the People's Republic of China - communist mainland China – was accepted as a member of the United Nations. The U.N. had not received this much publicity in years. Coupled with it were feelings of jubilation and triumph in Peking and its supporters; anger and disappointment in the United States; resentment and disgust in Taipei. The People's Republic of China represents one fourth of all humanity. Now, after 21 years, virtually all nations have a voice in the United Nations. Can the U. N. become an effective instrument for maintaining world peace, stability, tranquility and order?
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