Navigating China’s archives

2 August 2016

Restricted access to the Chinese Foreign Ministry archive is a great loss for China scholars.

This June I published my first book, China–Japan Relations after World War Two: Empire, Industry and War, 1949–1971 (Cambridge University Press).

The book examines a key puzzle in the China–Japan relationship: why, in the immediate aftermath of their bitterest war and the onset of the Cold War divide, were China’s leaders willing to rely on Japanese technical assistance in building the new Communist state?

The book answers this question by drawing on hundreds of recently declassified Chinese archival documents, the most important of which were records from the Chinese Foreign Ministry archive in Beijing.

Read Navigating China’s archives by Amy King published in Asian Studies Association of Australia

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