The collection of British Foreign Office papers dealing with China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan is now complete for the period 1949-1980.
Section I: 1949-1956 From the seizure of power by the Communist forces through to Mao Zedong's first attempts to implement a Soviet style command economy, with the emphasis on heavy industry, the material provides extensive coverage of major events with regular analyses by British officials.
Section II: 1957-1966 Industrial and economic development, the Great Leap Forward campaign and the Socialist Education Movement. The material in Section II provides lots of evidence for researchers to analyse the impact, successes and failures of these policies.
Section III: 1969-1980 The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976, a period of immense social and political upheaval that led to nationwide chaos and economic disarray, dominates the files from 1967 onwards.