FOREIGN OFFICE FILES FOR CHINA, 1949-1976
(Public Record Office Classes FO 371 and FCO 21)
Part 1: Complete Files for 1949 (PRO Class FO 371/75731-75957)
Part 1 provides the complete files for 1949. There are detailed reports on the political situation in China and on events leading up to the formation of the Communist Government.
- Many files cover the economic situation and British commercial interests in China.
- The famous incident involving HMS Amethyst on the Yangtze River is well documented.
- Other files cover relations between China and Hong Kong.
- There is lots of material on the differences between British and American policy towards China.
- A significant number of files cover Formosa (Taiwan).