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PRC State Council Gazettes, 1954-

The Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo guowuyuan gongbao; 中华人民共和国国务院公报) is a compendium of press releases and administrative decisions relating to developments in Chinese foreign and domestic policy. 

Published for the first time in 1955, issues of the State Council Gazette usually appeared several times each month. Entries in the gazettes offer information about Chinese foreign relations (including notices of meetings between Chinese and foreign leaders, texts of international agreements, and protests against actions deemed contrary to the interests of China and the Chinese people) as well as notices and policy announcements concerning  administrative changes and economic matters that were promulgated by the State Council.

The Gazette was in print from 1955 until the Cultural Revolution began in May 1966. Production resumed in 1980, four years after the Cultural Revolution ended. It is still produced by the General Office of the State Council and circulated for domestic and foreign consumption today.

Although much of the information contained in the Gazette can be found elsewhere (such as in state media publications), it is an important reference resource that allows researchers to follow the ebb and flow of Chinese politics, economics, and foreign relations under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party. 

This Wilson Center Digital Archive resource includes facsimile copies of the earliest issues of the Gazette. Each issue features a concise English-language description as well as descriptive metadata and tagging (such as people, places, topics, and subjects) that allow users to filter through a large body of data and to find information relevant to their own interests.

Popular Documents

November 10, 1956

Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1956, No. 40 (Overall Issue No. 66)

This issue begins by denouncing British and French aggression against Egypt during the Suez Canal Crisis. It also includes a Chinese statement about the Soviet Declaration "to Strengthen Friendship and Cooperation [with] Other Socialist States," which acknowledges tensions between socialist countries and the need to address people's demands in Hungary and Poland. The next sections feature a message from Zhou Enlai to János Kádár, who would lead Hungary after the failed Revolution of 1956, and Sino-Nepali correspondence.

April 21, 1955

Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1955, No. 5 (Overall Issue No. 8)

This issue begins with an announcement from Mao Zedong to end the state of war between China and Germany. It then features several reports about the Bandung Asian-African Conference in Indonesia, including a statement about the bomb explosion that sought to target Zhou Enlai on the way there. Other sections cover topics such as Sino-Indian relations, the creation of a Third Ministry of Machine Building to oversee developments in aviation, and the establishment of ethnic autonomous areas.

January 28, 1957

Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1957, No. 4 (Overall Issue No. 77)

This issue features content on China's relations with the Soviet Union, Hungary, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong. It also has sections on tax relief and loan assistance for poor production teams and military, prevention and treatment of Kashin-Beck Disease, the collection of revolutionary history archives, regulations on production, business, infrastructure, and Soviet activities, and village transfer and reassignment.

February 15, 1957

Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1957, No. 6 (Overall Issue No. 79)

This issue contains content on China's relations with Ceylon (Sri Lanka). It also has sections on the five year plan, cotton, construction bonds for farmers, electricity fees, rural commercial taxation, coal production, agricultural loans, and village name changes.

May 10, 1955

Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1955, No. 6 (Overall Issue No. 9)

This issue first covers several speeches that Zhou Enlai delivered at the Bandung Asian-African Conference. It also features statements about the issue of dual Chinese and Indonesian nationality, including a joint announcement from the prime minister and premier of both countries. The domestic topics include flood control, grain conservation, and vacation time for female employees in state agencies.