Declassified Chinese Diplomatic Documents from the 1950s and 1960s in the Wilson Center Digital Archive

Lately I have been translating some declassified Chinese diplomatic archives for the Wilson Center Digital Archive. I have done twenty of them so far.
A few are particularly memorable. I enjoyed translating Ziguang Hall literally rather than just using the transliteration!
Location: Zhongnanhai Hall of Barbarian Tributes (see Wiki . i alway wonder if there may be some subtleties that could escape us. Like the US Consulate in Chengdu being at No. 4 (an unlucky number as in 该死的美国人) Consulate Road
When French Senator Francois Mitterand saw Chairman Mao in 1960, he remarked on on breakneck industrialization thanks to the Great Leap Forward.
“Mitterrand: Yes. For example, when I came to China this time, I saw a lot of things, especially those small blast furnaces. This is quite ground-breaking work.” [ ]

About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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