Two days later Jacob A. Malik, the Soviet representative on the Security Council, introduced a resolution to carry out the expulsion.
, in light of Britain's insistence upon recognizing Beijing, decided upon an indirect approach.
Instead of vetoing the measure, which would have aroused an intense international controversy, Acheson
announced that the U.S. would "accept the decision of the Security Council....when made by an affirmative vote of seven members.
had counted noses and was certain Malik
couldn't get the votes.
In the January 13 vote Acheson was proved right.
Six members voted aye and three nay but Britain and Norway abstained.
Although only one vote short, Malik
immediately walked out of the Security Council
announced the Soviet Union would boycott the United Nations so long as the Nationalist delegate remained.
The absence of Jacob Malik, the Soviet representative, was a bonanza.
was still boycotting the council and the U.S.-sponsored resolution passed by a vote of 9-0, with Yugoslavia abstaining.27