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Mao Zedong, 3 volumes). 11 Published in 10. Peng Dehuai junshi wenxuan (Se- tions are more useful to researchers. Indeed, December 1993, the 100th anniversary of lected Military Papers of Peng Dehuai). 17 the footnotes of several important collecMao's birth, it offers a quite detailed day-to- As the PRC's defense minister in the 1950s tions, such as Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong day account of Mao's activities up to 1949. and the commander of the Chinese Volun- wengao, Zhou Enlai waijiao wenxuan, and It releases many previously unknown im- teers in Korea, Peng Dehuai played an im- Mao Zedong waijiao wenxuan, contain much portant documents, going beyond the cover- portant role in developing China's military important documentary information. age of other Mao collections. For example, and security strategies. This volume pub- Third, some of the collections, espeit publishes for the first time Mao Zedong's lishes some of Peng's most important mili- cially those for “internal circulation only,” telegram to the CCP's Nanjing Municipal tary papers, including his correspondences have broken many “forbidden zones” in the Committee dated 10 May 1949, in which with Mao during the early stages of the writing of the CCP history. For example, Mao established the principles for Huang Korean War.
scholars who are interested in the CCP's Hua to meet with John Leighton Stuart, the In addition to the above listed collec
management of the Xian Incident will find American ambassador to China who re- tions, other “selected works” that have been that the information offered by the documained after the Communist takeover of published since the 1980s include ones by ments in Zhonggong zhongyang wenjian
Chen Yun, Hu Qiaomu, Liu Shaoqi, Nie xuanji, Mao Zedong nianpu, Zhou Enlai 7. Zhou Enlai waijiao wenxuan (Se- Rongzhen, Wang Jiaxiang, Zhang Wentian, nianpu, and Mao Zedong wenji differ from lected Diplomatic Papers of Zhou Enlai).13 and Zhu De.1
the Party's propaganda in the past, indicatThis is a collection of minutes of internal
ing that the CCP leadership's attitude totalks, instructions, statements, and speeches Compared with the "selected works” ward Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-Shek) had related to Zhou Enlai’s diplomatic activities. published earlier, the above list of “selected been strongly influenced, or even defined, This collection includes some interesting works” published in the 1980s and 1990s by the Comintern. Also, the documents documents, such as the Chinese minutes of have several distinctive features. First, con- offered by Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong wengao Zhou Enlai's talk with K.M. Pannikar, In- trary to the earlier practice of making exten- reveal that, different from the description of dian Ambassador to China, early in the morn- sive excisions from, or even revisions in the the official Party history, one of the considing of 3 October 1950. During this meeting original documents for the sake of publica- erations behind Mao Zedong's decision to Zhou Enlai issued the warning that if the tion, the compilation and editing of most of shell the Nationalist-controlled Jinmen IsAmerican forces crossed the 38th parallel in the volumes published in the past decade are lands in August 1958 was to assist the people Korea, China would "intervene" in the con- more faithful to the original text of the docu- in the Middle East, especially in Lebanon, in
ments. For example, Zhonggong zhongyang their struggles against the U.S. imperial8. Zhou Enlai nianpu, 1898-1949 (A wenjian xuanji and Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong Chronicle of Zhou Enlai).15 This chronicle, wengao clearly indicate at the end of most However, one should not exaggerate like Mao Zedong nianpu, covers the period documents that they are printed according to
documents that they are printed according to the utility and significance of the historical up to 1949. It offers a day-to-day account of the original texts of the documents. In some documents released in selected works.” The Zhou Enlai's activities, from his early years cases, photocopies of original documents documents that have been included in the to the time of the nationwide victory of the are provided. This practice significantly "selected works” of the 1980s and 1990s are Chinese revolution. The Collection includes increases the reliability and historical value only a small portion of the entire body of complete texts of several important docu- of these publications.
original documents, and the criteria used in ments relating to Zhou Enlai.
Second, in the pre-1980 period, the ed- their selection remain highly dubious. In 9. Deng Xiaoping wenxuan (Selected iting and publication of “selected works” reality, through other sources, we know for Works of Deng Xiaoping, 3 volumes).16 As were generally controlled and conducted by certain that many documents, which in the China's most important leader after Mao’s party cadres who always put the party's eyes of the editors have the potential of death in 1976, Deng Xiaoping played a cen- interests over everything else and who had harming the image of the CCP and its leaders tral role in China's “reform and opening to had, at best, only inadequate knowledge of being "generally correct,” have been intenthe outside world” period. This collection China's modern history. In the past decade, tionally excluded from the selections. offers researchers, as well as the general increasing numbers of professional histori- An example of this practice is a telepublic, a window through which to study ans, many of whom have B.A., M.A., or gram Mao Zedong sent to Peng Dehuai on Deng Xiaoping's thoughts. The most im- even Ph.D. degrees in modern history, the 28 January 1951. Let me first give some portant volume of this collection is the third history of the Chinese revolution, and mod- background introduction. After Chinese volume, which covers the period from 1982 ern Chinese politics, have joined the edito- troops
entered the Korean War in October to 1992, when Deng was indisputably China's rial teams responsible for compiling and 1950, they waged three offensive campaigns paramount leader (although he never as- editing the “selected works.” Although these from late October 1950 to early January sumed that title). Among the documents scholars still must follow the general direc- 1951, driving the American/UN troops from published in the volume is the talk Deng tions of the Party in conducting their work, areas close to the Chinese-Korean border to gave after the 1989 Tiananmen Square trag- their professional training makes them less areas south of the 38th parallel. However, edy, in which Deng explained his reasoning willing than their predecessors to alter the the Chinese forces exhausted their offensive for opening fire on the demonstrators on documents. As a result, the documents se- potential because of heavy casualties, lack Beijing's streets.
lected are of better "quality" and the annota- of air support, and the overextension of
supply lines. Therefore, when the Ameri- send troops to Korea, and it would take great
lected work” sources. While using them, Mao Zedong wengao and Mao Zedong junshi scholars must double check“selected works'
This, of course, is only one of materials against other sources, including many, many such cases.
information obtained from interviews. In the The end of the Cold War makes it long run, scholars must be given full and possible for scholars to gain access to docu- equal access to Chinese archives to tell the ments from the former Soviet Union. Many story of the Chinese Communist revolution of the Russian documents that have recently and China's relationship with the outside become available display discrepancies com- world. pared to what has been revealed by Chinese documents. In some cases these discrepan
1. An earlier draft of this article was presented to an
international symposium on “Local Chinese Archives cies expose the limit to which truth is re
and the Historiography of Modern China” at the Univervealed in the documents published in “se- sity of Maryland, College Park, 5-7 October 1995. lected works" in China. Here is another 2. Zhonggong zhongyang wenjian xuanji (Selected
Documents of the CCP Central Committee, internal example. All the Chinese documents about
edition, Beijing: CCP Central Academy Press, 1983the Korean War published in the first vol
1987, 14 vols.; open edition, Beijing: CCP Central ume of Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong wengao Academy Press, 1989-1993, 18 vols.). indicate that the Beijing leadership made 3. Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong wengao (Mao Zedong's the decision to enter Korean War in early Manuscripts since the Founding of the People's Repub
lic of China, Beijing: The Central Press of Historical October 1950. In a telegram dated October
Documents, 1987-1994, 8 vols.). 2, Mao formally informed Stalin that the
4. For English translations of these previously released CCP leadership had made the decision to documents, see Stuart Schram, ed., Chairman Mao send troops to Korea.22 However, Russian
Talks to the People: Talks and Letters, 1956-1971 (New
York: Pantheon Books, 1974). documents on the Korean War (which Rus
5. For English translations of these documents, see sian President Yeltsin gave to South Korean Zhang Shu Guang and Chen Jian, eds., Chinese CommuPresident Kim Young-sam in June 1994) nist Foreign Policy and the Cold War in Asia: Docutell a different story. According to these
mentary Evidence, 1944-1950 (Chicago: Imprint Publi
cations, 1995), Part II. documents, Mao Zedong informed Stalin
6. Mao Zedong junshi wenxuan (Selected Military Paon 3 October 1950 that China would not
pers of Mao Zedong, Beijing: Soldier's Press, 1981).
7. Mao Zedong junshi wenji (A Collection of Mao
THE SECOND HISTORICAL the compiling of a collection of archival cial archives, and those which “involve naARCHIVES OF CHINA:
documents, Zhongguo xiandai zhengzhishi tional interest,” scholars are free to utilize all A Treasure House for Republican ziliao huibian [A Compilation of Materials of SHAC's files. Procedures for foreign China Research
on Chinese Modern Political History). The scholars have also been dramatically simpli
project, launched in 1956 with a directive fied. However, due to the effects of ecoby Gao Hua
from the CCP Central Committee Political nomic reform, SHAC has also increased its translated by Scott Kennedy Research Office, consumed SHAC's entire fees for those scholars who have yet to use its
energies for three years. Only 100 sets of the services. SHAC is also planning to install an After arriving at Nanjing's 309 244 volume, 21 million character collection air-conditioned reading room as another serZhongshan East Road, passing the police were printed. They were then distributed to vice to foreigners, but, of course, you'll have stationed at their post and going through a central party and political organs as well as routine check-in, researchers face a classical some universities to be used as a research A Chinese-language reference book Chinese edifice—the famous Second His- reference. At present, this important collec- which is helpful to users of the Second torical Archives of China (SHAC).1
tion is the largest and richest set of materials Archives is Zhongguo dierlishi dang'anguan Established in February 1951, SHAC concerning China's domestic situation dur- jianming zhinan [A Brief Guide to the Sechas one of the largest historical collections in ing the Republican era.
ond Historical Archives of China], (Archives China. The former tenant at the archive's Since 1979, SHAC has made public a Publishing House, 1987), a well-organized address was the “Committee for Compiling large number of documents one after an- introduction to each of the categories under GMT [Guomindang] Party Historical other and published three major archival which all of SHAC's documents are stored. Records.” After the People's Republic of document sets: Zhonghua minguoshi
Zhonghua minguoshi Also useful are Dangdai zhongguode China (PRC) was established in 1949, the dang'an ziliao huibian [A Compilation of dang'an shiye [China Today: Archival UnChinese Communist Party (CCP) took over Republican China History Archival dertakings] (Chinese Academy of Social management of the Committee as well as the Records), Zhonghua minguoshi dang'an Sciences Publishing House, 1988); and archives from the original “National History ziliao conkan [A Series of Republican China Minguoshi yu minguo dang’an lunwenji House.” Soon after, large quantities of docu- History Archives], and Zhonghua minguoshi [Republican History and Collected Essays ments concerning the GMT regime housed dang'an ziliao congshu [A Collection of on Republican Archives] (Archives Pubin Guangzhou (Canton), Chongqing (Chung- Republican China History Archives]. Fi- lishing House, 1991). king), Chengdu, Kunming, Shanghai and nally, in 1985, SHAC launched the quarBeijing, as well as the archival records stored terly, Minguo dang'an [Republican Ar
1. Zhongguo dier lishi dang'anguan. in Beijing on the Northern Warlords Gov- chives]. ernment, were all moved to Nanjing, and SHAC has been a resource on issues together make up the foundation of SHAC's where historical questions influence current
Gao Hua, a specialist on Republican era collection. policy questions. Since 1986, Minguo history and modern intellectual history,
teaches in the history department at Nanjing At the heart of SHAC's collection are dang’an has published a large number of the original records of the central organs of documents concerning relations between
University and the Johns Hopkins Univerthe various regimes in existence during the Tibet and central government authorities. sity-Nanjing University Center for AmeriRepublican era (1912-1949), namely: 1) the SHAC has also cooperated with Beijing's
can and Chinese Studies. He is currently a Nanjing Provisional Government (January- “China Tibetan Studies Research Center” to
visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins-SAIS and April 1912); 2) the Northern Warlords Gov- publish three volumes of historical materials
is working on a study of the origins of the ernment (April 1912 - June 1928); 3) the on Tibet. The journal has also published
Yanan Rectification Campaign and its influvarious GMT regimes, first centered in materials concerning China's claim to the
ence on the development of Maoism. Scott Guangzhou and Wuhan, and then as a na- Spratly Islands in the South China Sea Kennedy is a research assistant in the Fortional government in Nanjing (1927-1949); SHAC provided the Ministry of Foreign eign Policy Studies Program of the Brookings and 4) the various puppet regimes of the Affairs with materials concerning China's
Institution and a doctoral candidate in the Japanese (e.g., Wang Jingwei's Nanjing re- Republican-era relationship with Estonia, political science department of George gime). The archives provide a detailed ac- Lithuania and Latvia. They recently al
Washington University. count of policy and actual conditions—at lowed Taiwanese scholars to view docuthe central and local levels—on foreign
RUSSIAN HISTORIANS ments concerning the 2-28 Incident (a mas
TO PUBLISH STUDY policy, military matters, commerce and fi- sacre of Taiwanese by the GMT on 28 Febnance, culture and education, and even so- ruary 1947). Finally, geologists and policy
Two Russian historians who have conducted cial customs. However, the materials of makers involved in the planning of the con
extensive research in Russian and U.S. sources greatest number and value collected at SHAC troversial proposed Three Gorges dam have
have completed a study of Soviet leaders and are those archives concerning the GMT rule relied on SHAC for materials on relevant
the early Cold War: Vladislav M. Zubok and
Constantine Pleshakov, Inside the Kremlin's in Nanjing from 1927-1949. Republican-era research.
Cold War: Soviet Leaders From Stalin to From 1951 to 1979, SHAC's doors re- SHAC has formally been open to schol- Khrushchev, is scheduled for publication by mained closed to the public. During those ars for the past 14 years. Apart from the Harvard University Press in March 1996. years, the only significant work done was dossiers of various individuals, some judi
THE EMERGING DISPUTES BETWEEN BEIJING AND MOSCOW:
TEN NEWLY AVAILABLE CHINESE DOCUMENTS, 1956-1958
Translated and Annotated by
Translators’Notes: In February 1950, conversation with the Soviet Ambassador as butchers and Hitler-style fascists, and we the People's Republic of China (PRC) and P.F. Yudin on 22 July 1958, Mao Zedong kept silent on the resolution [condemning the Soviet Union signed a treaty of friend related the joint Sino-Soviet flotilla issue to you), although we published articles to critiship and alliance. Through the mid-1950s, a series of more general questions concern- cize you in 1948. In retrospect, we should both Beijing and Moscow claimed that the ing the overall relationship between the two not have done that; we should have disSino-Soviet alliance, made between two countries, revealing comprehensively (often cussed [this issue] with you: if some of your "brotherly” Communist countries, would in cynical tones) his understanding of the viewpoints were incorrect, (we should have last forever. However, serious problems historical, philosophical, and political ori- let] you conduct self-criticism, and there soon emerged between the Chinese and gins of the problems existing between Beijing was no need to hurry [into the controversy] Soviet parties and governments. Starting in and Moscow. The Chinese chairman again as [we) did. The same thing is true to us: 1960, the two parties became engaged in an emphasized the issue of “equality,” empha- should you disagree with us, you should do increasingly heated polemical debate over sizing that Beijing could not accept Moscow's the same thing, that is, the adoption of a the nature of true communism and which treatment of the CCP as a junior partner. method of persuasion and consultation. party represented it. By the late 1960s, the The third group includes four Chinese docu- There have not been that many successful relationship between the two countries had ments from Russian Foreign Ministry ar- cases in which one criticizes foreign parties deteriorated to such an extent that a major chives, which demonstrate the extent to which in newspapers. [Your] case offers a proborder war erupted between them in March China had been dependent upon the military found historical lesson for the international 1969. Why did China and the Soviet Union and other material support of the Soviet communist movement. Although you have change from allies to enemies? What prob- Union in the 1950s. These documents make suffered from it, the international commulems caused the decline and final collapse it possible to observe the Sino-Soviet rela- nist movement has learned a lesson from this of the Sino-Soviet alliance? In order to tions from another perspective.
mistake. [The international communist answer these questions, scholars need ac
movement] must fully understand [the sericess to contemporary documentary sources, Part I. Criticism of Stalin and the ousness of ] this mistake. and these translations of the newly avail- Emergence of Sino-Soviet Differences When you offered to recognize new able Chinese documents provide a basis for
China, we did not respond, nor did we debeginning to answer these questions. 1. Minutes, Mao's Conversation with a cline it. Undoubtedly, we should not have
The documents are divided into three Yugoslavian Communist Union Delega- rejected it, because there was no reason for groups. The first group includes two tion, Beijing, [undated] September 19561 us to do so. When Britain recognized us, we speeches by Mao Zedong and one report by Source: Mao Zedong waijiao wenxuan [Se- did not say no to it. How could we find any Zhou Enlai in 1956-1957. They reflect the lected Diplomatic Papers of Mao Zedong] excuse to reject the recognition of a socialist Chinese Communist view on such important (Beijing: The Central Press of Historical country? questions as Khrushchev's criticism of Documents, 1993), 251-262
There was, however, another factor Stalin, the general principles underlying
which prevented us from responding to you: the relations among “brotherly parties and We welcome you to China. We are very the Soviet friends did not want us to form states," and their perception of the Soviet pleased at your visit. We have been sup- diplomatic relations with you. If so, was Union's attitude toward the Chinese revo- ported by you, as well as by other brotherly China an independent state? Of course, yes. lution. Particularly interesting is Mao [Communist] parties. We are invariably If an independent state, why, then, did we Zedong's repeated reference to the “un- supporting you as much as all the other follow their instructions? [My] comrades, equal” relationship between the Chinese brotherly parties. In today's world, the Marx- when the Soviet Union requested us to folCommunist Party (CCP) and the Soviet ist and Communist front remains united, low their suit at that time, it was difficult for Union during Stalin's era. Through these whether in places where success (of Com- us to oppose it. It was because at that time documents one is able to sense some of the munist revolution) is achieved or not yet some people claimed that there were two deep-rooted causes leading to the decline of achieved. However, there were times when Titos in the world: one in Yugoslavia, the the Sino-Soviet alliance. The second group we were not so united; there were times when other in China, even if no one passed a includes three documents reflecting the CCP we let you down. We listened to the opinions resolution that Mao Zedong was Tito. I have leadership’s response to the Soviet propos- of the Information Bureau2 in the past. Al- once pointed out to the Soviet comrades that als in 1958 to establish a long-wave radio though we did not take part in the Bureau's [they] suspected that I was a half-hearted station in China and a joint Sino-Soviet [business), we found it difficult not to sup- Tito, but they refuse to recognize it. When submarine flotilla in 1958. In his long port it. In 1949 the Bureau condemned you did they remove the tag of half-hearted Tito
from my head? The tag was removed after tion. [Ironically,] Jiang Jieshi helped us people who had suspected whether China's [China] decided to resist America [in Korea] correct this mistake: while Wang Ming was a real revolution. and came to (North) Korea's aid and when “decked himself out and fawned on (Jiang]," You might wonder why [we] still
pay a [we] dealt the US imperialists a blow. Jiang Jieshi “slapped his face and kicked tribute to Stalin in China by hanging his
The Wang Ming line3 was in fact Stalin's him out.” Hence, Jiang Jieshi was China's portrait on the wall. Comrades from Mosline. It ended up destroying ninety percent best instructor: he had educated the people cow have informed us that they no longer of our strength in our bases, and one hundred of the whole nation as well as all of our Party hang Stalin's portraits and only display percent of [our strength] in the white areas. members. Jiang lectured with his machine Lenin's and current leaders' portraits in pubComrade [Liu] Shaoqis pointed this out in guns whereas Wang Ming educated us with lic parade. They, however, did not ask us to his report to the Eighth [Party] Congress.6 his own words.
follow their suit. We find it very difficult to Why, then, did he not openly attribute [the The third time was after Japan's surren- cope. The four mistakes committed by Stalin losses] to the [impact of] Stalin's line? There der and the end of the Second World War. are yet to be made known to the Chinese is an explanation. The Soviet Party itself Stalin met with [Winston] Churchill and people as well as to our whole party. Our could criticize Stalin; but it would be inap- [Franklin D.] Roosevelt and decided to give situation is quite different from yours: your propriate for us to criticize him. We should the whole of China to America and Jiang [suffering inflicted by Stalin) is known to maintain a good relationship with the Soviet Jieshi. In terms of material and moral sup- the people and to the whole world. Within Union. Maybe (we] could make our criti- port, especially moral support, Stalin hardly our party, the mistakes of the two Wang cism public sometime in the future. It has to gave any to us, the Communist Party, but Ming lines are well known; but our people be that way in today's world, because facts supported Jiang Jieshi. This decision was do not know that these mistakes originated are facts. The Comintern made numerous made at the Yalta conference. Stalin later in Stalin. Only our Central Committee was mistakes in the past. Its early and late stages told Tito [this decision] who mentioned his aware that Stalin blocked our revolution and were not so bad, but its middle stage was not conversation [with Stalin on this decision] in regarded me as a half-hearted Tito. so good: it was all right when Lenin was his autobiography.
We had no objection that the Soviet alive and when [Georgii] Dimitrov was in Only after the dissolution of the Union functions as a center [of the world charge. The first Wang Ming line domi- Comintern did we start to enjoy more free- revolution] because it benefits the socialist nated [our party] for four years, and the dom. We had already begun to criticize movement. You may disagree (with us] on Chinese revolution suffered the biggest opportunism and the Wang Ming line, and this point. You wholeheartedly support losses.8 Wang Ming is now in Moscow tak- unfolded the rectification movement. The Khrushchev's campaign to criticize Stalin, ing a sick leave, but still we are going to elect rectification, in fact, was aimed at denounc- but we cannot do the same because our him to be a member of the party's Central ing the mistakes that Stalin and the Comintern people would dislike it. In the previous Committee. He indeed is an instructor for had committed in directing the Chinese revo- parades (in China], we held up portraits of our party; he is a professor, an invaluable lution; however, we did not openly mention Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin, as well as one who could not be purchased by money. a word about Stalin and the Comintern. those of a few Chinese [leaders]—Mao, Liu He has taught the whole party, so that it Sometime in the near future, [we]may openly [Shaoqi], Zhou [Enlai], and Zhu [De] would not follow his line.
do so. There are two explanations of why we and other brotherly parties' leaders. Now That was the first time when we got the did not openly criticize [Stalin and the we adopt a measure of “overthrowing all”: worst of Stalin.
Comintern]: first, as we followed their in- no one's portrait is handed out. For this The second time was during the anti- structions, we have to take some responsi- year's “First of May” celebration, AmbassaJapanese war. Speaking Russian and good bility ourselves. Nobody compelled us to dor Bobkoveshi10 already saw in Beijing at flattering Stalin, Wang Ming could di- follow their instructions! Nobody forced us that no one's portrait was held in parade. rectly communicate with Stalin. Sent back to be wrongfully deviated to right and left However, the portraits of five dead perto China by Stalin, he tried to set [us] toward directions! There are two kinds of Chinese: sons-Marx, Engles, Lenin and Stalin and right deviation this time, instead of follow- one kind is a dogmatist who completely Sun [Yat-sen]—and a not yet dead personing the leftist line he had previously advo- accepts Stalin's line; the other opposes dog- Mao Zedong—are still hanging (on the wall]. cated. Advocating (CCP) collaboration with matism, thus refusing to obey [Stalin's] in- Let them hang on the wall! You Yugoslavithe Guomindang [the Nationalist Party or structions. Second, we do not want to dis- ans may comment that the Soviet Union no GMD), he can be described as “decking please [the Soviets], to disrupt our relations longer hangs Stalin's portrait, but the Chihimself out and self-inviting [to the GMD);" with the Soviet Union. The Comintern has nese still do. he wanted [us] to obey the GMD whole- never made self-criticism on these mistakes; As of this date some people remain heartedly. The Six-Principle Program he nor has the Soviet Union ever mentioned suspicious of whether our socialism can be put forward was to overturn our Party's Ten- these mistakes. We would have fallen out successfully constructed and stick to the Principle Policy. [His program] opposed with them had we raised our criticism. assertion that our Communist Party is a establishing anti-Japanese bases, advocated The fourth time was when [Moscow] phony one. What can we do? These people giving up our Party's own armed force, and regarded me as a half-hearted Tito or semi- eat and sleep every day and then propagate preached that as long as Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Titoist. Not only in the Soviet Union but that the Chinese Communist Party is not Kai-shek] was in power, there would be also in other socialist countries and some really a communist party, and that China's peace [in China). We redressed this devia- non-socialist countries were there some socialist construction is bound to fail. To