China, Britain and Businessmen: Political and Commercial by Wen-guang Shao

By Wen-guang Shao

In the author's opinion, advertisement kin among China and Britain within the Nineteen Fifties made up our minds next financial kin among the nations greater than is often famous. This booklet examines how alternate used to be effected through the revolution and the crises surrounding the Korean war.

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Bevin sent a recognition telegram to Chinese Premier cum Foreign Minister Zhou Enlai on 6 January 1950, in which John Hutchison was officially designated as the British representative to secure normal diplomatic relations. 44 The British government did realise that the Chinese would probably raise issues of substance as pre-conditions. Hutchison was so warned, and was given strict instructions to limit discussions to 34 China, Britain and Businessmen procedural matters before formal relations were established.

26 But eleven rounds of negotiations over a hundred days failed to reach the just settlement they had expected. Nevertheless they used the opportunity to make a political statement against the British 'gunboat diplomacy', and to confront the perceived Western challenge against the CCP's claim to legitimacy. The manifest resentment from both sides, generated by the conflict which had broken out so early between them, made an unpropitious beginning to relations not yet officially started. It also highlighted the sensitive issue of official representation, and thus gave a foretaste of the difficulties over legal status and recognition which haunted the bilateral relations for years to come.

Before moving New China: Diplomacy and Trade 27 the seat of government to southern China, the Guomindang authorities had requested that all foreign vessels withdraw from the Yangtze in view of the risk of incidents with PLA forces. The Amethysfs ill-timed journey up river coincided with the end of a temporary truce and the anticipated crossing of PLA forces to capture the capital city of Nanjing. Even if the Amethyst had had time to reach Nanjing before the PLA crossing, there certainly would have been little time left for the Consort to sail through to Shanghai without being caught in the crossfire over the Yangtze.

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