The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday declassified its
diplomatic files from between 1956 and 1960 containing a total of
The files contain records of China's major diplomatic events
during the five-year period, including its forging diplomatic links
with 14 Asian, African and Latin American countries, the former
Soviet Union's withdrawal of its experts working in China and the
Sino-US ambassadorial talks.
The files include recorded conversations, telegrams and
documents signed by late Chinese leaders Mao Zedong and Zhou
The Archives Bureau is open to the public during the week
(expect Friday afternoon) from 8:00-11:30 AM and 1:00-4:30 PM.
People interested in the files, including Chinese citizens and
organizations and individuals and organizations from overseas can
read the files with valid identity cards and documents.
China declassified a batch of diplomatic files for the first
time in January, 2004, and more declassified files are expected to
be opened in batches and by stages in the future, according to Lian
Zhengbao, director of the Archives Bureau.
(Xinhua News Agency May 11, 2006)