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October 01, 1949

PROCLAMATION OF THE CENTRAL PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT OF THE PRC

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    Upon the founding of the People's Republic of China, Mao Zedong claims that the "government is willing to establish diplomatic relations with any foreign government that is willing to observe the principles of equality, mutual benefit, and mutual respect of territorial integrity and sovereignty."
    "Proclamation of the Central People's Government of the PRC," October 01, 1949, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Renmin ribao (People's Daily), October 2, 1949. English translation from Michael Y.M. Kau, ed., The Writings of Mao Zedong, 1949-1976, Volume I, September 1949-December 1955 (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1986), 10-11. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121557
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The people throughout China have been plunged into bitter suffering and tribulations since the Chiang Kai-shek [Jiang Jieshi] Kuomintang [Guomindang] reactionary government betrayed the fatherland, colluded with imperialists, and lunched the counter-revolutionary war. Fortunately our People's Liberation Army, backed by the whole nation, has been fighting heroically and selflessly to defend the territorial sovereignty of our homeland, to protect the people's lives and property, to relieve the people of their sufferings, and to struggle for their rights, and it eventually wiped out the reactionary troops and overthrew the reactionary rule of the Nationalist government. Now, the People's War of Liberation has been basically won, and the majority of the people in the country have been liberated. On this foundation, the first session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, composed of delegates of all the democratic parties and people's organization of China, the People's Liberation Army, the various regions and nationalities of the country, and the overseas Chinese and other patriotic elements, has been convened. Representing the will of the whole nation, [this session of the conference] has enacted the organic law of the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China, elected Mao Zedong as chairman of the Central People's Government; and Zhu De, Lui Shaoqi, Song Qingling, Li Jishen, Zhang Lan, and Gao Gang as vice chairmen [of the Central People's Government]; and Chen Yi, He Long, Li Lisan, Lin Boqu, Ye Jianying, He Xiangning, Lin Biao, Peng Dehuai, Liu Bocheng, Wu Yuzhang, Xu Xiangqian, Peng Zhen, Bo Yibo, Nie Rongzhen, Zhou Enlai, Dong Biwu, Seypidin, Rao Shushi, Tan Kah-kee [Chen Jiageng], Luo Ronghuan, Deng Zihui, Ulanhu, Xu Deli, Cai Chang, Liu Geping, Ma Yinchu, Chen Yun, Kang Sheng, Lin Feng, Ma Xulun, Guo Moruo, Zhang Yunyi, Deng Xiaoping, Gao Chongmin, Shen Junru, Shen Yanbing, Chen Shutong, Szeto Mei-tong [Situ Meitang], Li Xijiu, Huang Yanpei, Cai Tingkai, Xi Zhongxun, Peng Zemin, Zhang Zhizhong, Fu Zuoyi, Li Zhuchen, Li Zhangda, Zhang Nanxian, Liu Yazi, Zhang Dongsun, and Long Yun as council members to form the Central People's Government Council, proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China and decided on Beijing as the capital of the People's Republic of China. The Central People's Government Council of the People's Republic of China took office today in the capital and unanimously made the following decisions: to proclaim the establishment of the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China; to adopt the Common Program of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference as the policy of the government; to elect Lin Boqu from among the council members as secretary general of the Central People's Government Council; to appoint Zhou Enlai as premier of the Government Administration Council of the Central People's Government and concurrently minister of Foreign Affairs, Mao Zedong as chairman of the People's Revolutionary Military Commission of the Central People's Government, Zhu De as commander-in-chief of the People's Liberation Army, Shen Junru as president of the Supreme People's Court of the Central People's Government, and Luo Ronghuan as procurator general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate of the Central People's Government, and to charge them with the task of the speedy formation of the various organs of the government to carry out the work of the government. At the same time, the Central People's Government Council decided to declare to the governments of all other countries that this government is the sole legal government representing all the people of the People's Republic of China. This government is willing to establish diplomatic relations with any foreign government that is willing to observe the principles of equality, mutual benefit, and mutual respect of territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Mao Zedong

Chairman

The Central People's Government

The People Republic of China

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自蒋介石国民党反动派政府背叛祖国,勾结帝国主义,发动反革命战争以来,全国人民处于水深火热的情况之中。幸赖我人民解放军在全国人民援助之下,为保卫祖国的领土主权,为保卫人民的生命财产,为解除人民的痛苦和争取人民的权利,奋不顾身,英勇作战,得以消灭反动军队,推翻国民政府的反动统治。现在人民解放战争业已取得基本的胜利,全国大多数人民业已获得解放。在此基础之上,由全国各民主党派、各人民团体、人民解放军、各地区、各民族、国外华侨及其他爱国民主分子的代表们所组成的中国人民政治协商会议第一届全体会议业已集会,代表全国人民的意志,制定了中华人民共和国中央人民政府组织法,选举了毛泽东为中央人民政府主席,朱德、刘少奇、宋庆龄、李济深、张澜、高岗为副主席,陈毅、贺龙、李立三、林伯渠、叶剑英、何香凝、林彪、彭德怀、刘伯承、吴玉章、徐向前、彭真、薄一波、聂荣臻、周恩来、董必武、赛福鼎、饶漱石、陈嘉庚、罗荣桓、邓子恢、乌兰夫、徐特立、蔡畅、刘格平、马寅初、陈云、康生、林枫、马叙伦、郭沫若、张云逸、邓小平、高崇民、沈钧儒、沈雁冰、陈叔通、司徒美堂、李锡九、黄炎培、蔡廷锴、习仲勋、彭泽民、张治中、傅作义、李烛尘、李章达、章伯钧、程潜、张奚若、陈铭枢、谭平山、张难先、柳亚子、张东荪、龙云为委员,组成中央人民政府委员会,宣告中华人民共和国的成立,并决定北京为中华人民共和国的首都。中华人民共和国中央人民政府委员会于本日在首都就职,一致决议:宣告中华人民共和国中央人民政府的成立,接受中国人民政治协商会议共周纲领为本政府的施政方针,互选林伯渠为中央人民政府委员会秘书长,任命周恩来为中央人民政府政务院总理兼外交部部长,毛泽东为中央人民政府人民革命军事委员会主席,朱德为人民解放军总司令,沈钧儒为中央人民政府最高人民法院院长,罗荣桓为中央人民政府最高人民检察署检察长,并责成他们从速组成各项政府机关,推行各项政府工作。同时决议:向各国政府宣布,本政府为代表中华人民共和国全国人民的唯一合法政府。凡愿遵守平等、互利及互相尊重领土主权等项原则的任何外国政府,本政府均愿与之建立外交关系。特此公告。

中华人民共和国

中央人民政府主席 毛泽东