People’s China

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People’s China

People’s China was an English language magazine, first published on 1st January 1950. It’s aim was stated in the first paragraph of the first page;

‘This is a journal dedicated to cementing unity and friendship between the Chinese people and the progressive people of all lands and to the cause of lasting peace and people’s democracy. Through its pages, we intend to inform our readers, twice a month, off the thought and life of the China that has free herself from the clutches of domestic reactionaries and the yoke of foreign imperialists – that is, the people’s China.’

It should be remembered that this first issue was published a mere three months after Chairman Mao declared the foundation of the People’s Republic of China on 1st October 1949 – thereby demonstrating the importance the Communist Party of China placed on the worldwide dissemination of information about the efforts of the Chinese workers and peasants in the construction of Socialism.

As well as English the magazine was also published in Russian, Japanese, Chinese, French and Indonesian.

People’s China magazine was eventually replace by Peking Review, which served the same purpose but which was published weekly. The other magazines which were produced for the foreign reader were China Reconstructs and China Pictorial.

As this magazine started publication so soon after the success of the Chinese Revolution there were still those in a senior position within the Party who were later to be exposed as traitors and reactionary ‘capitalist roaders’, such as Liu Shao-chi ( Liu Shaoqi) and Teng Tsiao-ping ( Deng Xiaoping). At times they promoted the revolutionary, Socialist ideas of the Party at others they were already developing their pernicious and counter-revolutionary thoughts. These were later exposed and their ideas challenged during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

1950

Vol. I, 1 – January 1, 1950 32 pages.

Vol. I, 2 – January 16, 1950 32 pages.

Vol. I, 3 – February 1, 1950 28 pages.

Vol. I, 4 – February 16, 1950 28 pages.

Vol. I, 5 – March 1, 1950 30 pages. Missing pp. 28-29.

Vol. I, 6 – March 16, 1950 28 pages.

Vol. I, 7 – April 1, 1950 28 pages.

Vol. I, 8 – April 16, 1950 28 pages.

Vol. I, 9 – May 1, 1950 24 pages.

Vol. I, 10 – May 16, 1950 39 pages. Includes supplement: May Day speech by Liu Shao-chi, 10 pages.

Vol. I, 11 – June 1, 1950 28 pages.

Vol. I, 12 – June 16, 1950 28 pages.

Vol. I – Index 2 pages.

Vol. II, 1 – July 1, 1950 32 pages.

1951

Vol. III, 2 – January 16, 1951 32 pages.

Supplement: China and the Second World Peace Congress, 20 pages.

Vol. III, 6 – March 16, 1951 32 pages.

Supplement: World Peace Council Resolutions and Speech by Kuo Mo-jo, 12 pages.

Vol. III, 9 – May 1, 1951 44 pages.

Supplement: The Manifesto and Platform of the Viet-Nam Lao Dong Party, 8 pages.

Vol. IV, 3 – August 1, 1951 36 pages.

Supplement: Documents on the Cease-Fire and Armistice Negotiations in Korea, 12 pages.

Vol. IV, 6 – September 16, 1951 40 pages.

Supplement 1: On the Indictment and Punishment of War Criminals, 8 pages.

Supplement 2: Documents on the Cease-Fire and Armistice Negotiations in Korea (III), 24 pages.

Vol. IV, 12 – December 16, 1951 32 pages. [Includes index for Volume IV (second half of 1951).]

1952

1 – January 1, 1952 42 pages.

2 – January 16, 1952 32 pages.

3 – February 1, 1952 28 pages.

4 – February 16, 1952 32 pages.

5 – March 1, 1952 36 pages. [Missing pages 24-25. Pages 32-33 out of order.]

6 – March 16, 1952 32 pages. [Missing pp. 12-13 and 24-25.]

7 – April 1, 1952 36 pages.

8 – April 16, 1952 31 pages.

Supplement: Statements and Reports on the American Crime of Waging Bacteriological Warfare in China and Korea 15 pages.

10 – May 16, 1952 [Issue itself not yet available.]

Supplement: Statements by Two American Air Force Officers, Kenneth Lloyd Enoch and John Quinn, Admitting Their Participation in Germ Warfare in Korea and Other Documents, 16 pages.

Index for issues 1-12 in 1952 3 pages.

18 – September 17, 1952 [Issue itself not yet available.]

Supplement: Report of the International Scientific Commission for the Investigation of the Facts Concerning Bacterial Warfare in Korea and China 28 pages.

Index for issues 13-24 in 1952 3 pages.

1953

6 – March 16, 1953 62 pages. – Memorial issue on the death of Stalin: Missing pages 15-18. Includes: Supplement: New Facts on U.S. Germ Warfare in Korea and China (16 pages) and Supplement: The 1953 State Budget of the P.R.C. (16 pages)

8 – April 16, 1953 40 pages.

15 – August 1, 1953 [Issue itself not yet available.]

Supplement: Korean Armistice Agreement and Other Documents, 16 pages.

23 – December 1, 1953 [Issue itself not yet available.]

Supplement: Depositions of Nineteen Captured U.S. Airmen on Their Participation in Germ Warfare in Korea, 68 pages.

24 – December 16, 1953 [Issue itself not yet available.]

Supplement: Indexes for issues 1-12, and for 13-24 in 1953. 8 pages.

1954

9 – May 1, 1954 42 pages.

10 – May 16, 1954 40 pages.

Supplement: Foreign Minister Chou En-lai’s Statements at the Geneva Convention [Not available]

12 – June 16, 1954 44 pages. [Includes index for first half of 1954.]

14 – July 16, 1954 40 pages.

Supplement: Chou En-lai’s Visit to India and Burma, 8 pages.

23 – December 1, 1954 36 pages.

1955

9 – May 1, 1955 42 pages.

Supplement 1: Resolutions and Appeal of the Conference of Asian Countries, New Delhi, April 10, 1955, 8 pages.

Supplement 2: Disaster Strikes the Tachens — The report of a Red Cross investigation into crimes committed by Chiang Kai-shek’s troops during their withdrawal from the Tachens and other islands, April 7, 1955, 20 pages.

23 – December 1, 1955: [Issue itself not yet available.]

Supplement: Documents of the Sixth Plenary Session (Enlarged) of the Seventh Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, 24 pages.

1956 [None yet available.]

1957

14 – July 16, 1957: [Issue itself not yet available.]

Supplement: Report on the Work of the Government, by Chou En-lai, delivered on June 26, 1957 at the Fourth Session of the First National People’s Congress. 40 pages. 

16 – August 16, 1957 44 pages.

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