Reconstructing China: Japanese technicians and industrialization in the early years of the People's Republic of China

Author/s (editor/s):

Amy King

Publication year:

2015

Publication type:

Journal

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The Chinese Communist Party was confronted with the pressing challenge of ‘reconstructing’ China’s industrial economy when it came to power in 1949. Drawing on recently declassified Chinese Foreign Ministry archives, this article argues that the Party met this challenge by drawing on the expertise of Japanese technicians left behind in Northeast China at the end of the Second World War. Between 1949 and 1953, when they were eventually repatriated, thousands of Japanese technicians were used by the Chinese Communist Party to develop new technology and industrial techniques, train less skilled Chinese workers, and rebuild factories, mines, railways, and other industrial sites in the Northeast.

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