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Sino-French Normalization, 1964

On 27 January 1964, France and the People’s Republic of China officially established diplomatic relations. As the first major Western recognition of the PRC since 1950, contemporary observers called the event a "diplomatic nuclear explosion." This collection goes behind the scenes to explore French and Chinese policies in the lead up to normalization and the international reverberations that followed. See also the Digital Archive collection: China-Western Europe Relations.

  • February 08, 1961

    Record of Conversation from Chairman Mao’s Reception of French Senator François Mitterrand

    Mao Zedong and Francois Mitterrand discussed interests and conflicts over the Algeria Revolution and sought ways to peacefully reconcile differences.

  • November 02, 1963

    Summary of Ideas Expressed by the Prime Minister Zhou Enlai

    During Edgar Faure's visit to China, Zhou Enlai lays out China's demands for Sino-French normalization.

  • November 07, 1963

    Report Sent to General de Gaulle, President of the French Republic, by Edgar Faure, on his Mission to China

    Edgar Faure briefs Charles de Gaulle on his visit to China, his meetings with senior Chinese leaders, and the prospects for Sino-French normalization.

  • November 29, 1963

    Telegram 869/871 from André Saint Mleux

    André Saint Mleux tracks recent Xinhua dispatches on the state of Franco-American relations.

  • 1964

    The Situation Surrounding the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and France and Related Issues

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry reviews the process of the normalization of relations between China and France and speculates how the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France might affect China's status in the United Nations and with the UK, Europe, Africa, and Japan.

  • January 22, 1964

    Cable from the Foreign Ministry, 'Please Notify the Governments of the Receiving Countries of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and France'

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry says to inform other countries of the establishment of diplomatic relations with France.

  • January 23, 1964

    Cable from Li Qingquan, 'Talks with Beaumarchais about the Issue of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and France'

    Li Qingquan and and Beaumarchais discuss the issue of "two China's" in the normalization of relations between China and France.

  • January 23, 1964

    Report, UN Department of Political and Security Council Affairs, 'French Recognition of the C.P.R. and Its Consequences for the United Nations'

    The Department of Political and Security Council Affairs outlines the diplomatic consequences of France's recognition of the People's Republic of China in 1964.

  • January 24, 1964

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland, 'Conversation Transcript of the Fourth Talk for the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and France'

    Li Qingquan and Jacques de Beaumarchais discuss the process of normalizing relations between China and France.

  • January 26, 1964

    Cable from the Foreign Ministry, 'Forwarding the Central Committee Notice regarding Propaganda Points on Diplomatic Relations between China and France'

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry issues propaganda guidance related to the normalization of relations between China and France.