AMERICA'S National Council of Churches is again seeking Red China's entry to the United Nations. The counterpart of the British Council, the American body first sought China's admission in 1958.
It reaffirmed its support for the recognition of Communist China at a conference of some 500 delegates in St. Louis last week.
Six Catholic and six Jewish observers were present, at this, its Sixth World Order Study Conference.
When it decided in 19,58 to go against official U.S. policy which recognises only the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek, there was bitter controversy.
Last week the delegates at the four-day conference called on the United States Government to cease its opposition to Red China's U.N. membership "without prejudice to its own policy of diplomatic recognition, and the future political status of Taiwan (Nationalist China)".
The conference also called on the United States to support the U.N. in moves to unite North and South Korea, Germany and Vietnam.
It urged unrestricted travel between the U.S. and China and the sale of food and other "nonstrategic items" to Communist China.
American policy-makers came under bitter attack during President Kennedy's. administration when they refused to sell wheat to Red China which at the time faced a famine crisis.
China then turned to Canada and Australia for its requirements.
VIETNAM BOMBING Turning to Vietnam the Council urged that the U.S. cease bombing in North Vietnam and that bombing in the South be restricted to military targets.
The conference advocated support of independence for Rhodesia from Britain "only when effective guarantees are provided for the participation of the African majority in the government and all aspects of life in that country".