304 pages | 1 B/W Illus.
During the period 1949 to 1979, communist China was officially pursuing a policy of self-sufficiency, and the United States and its allies were officially implementing a trade embargo against communist China. However, this book, based on extensive original research, demonstrates that China was highly dependent on Western/Japanese grain imports. The text shows that groups lobbying on behalf of Western/Japanese grain producers and related industries had successfully found ways of by-passing the embargo. This book charts the complicated picture of how economic relations between China, the West and Japan developed in these years.
'This book is a valuable contribution to our fuller understanding of China's post 1949 economic development' - Christopher Howe, The China Quarterly, 196, December 2008
Part 1: 1949 to August 1960 Preface Introduction 1. Grain Imbalance, CHINCOM and China's Economic and Foreign Trade Strategy: 1949 to June 1957 2. Famine, 'the Great Leap' and China's 'Test Purchases' of Western Grain: July 1957 to August 1960 Part 2: September 1960 to October 1962 3. Chinese-Western grain Trade Diplomacy: Credits and Famine Relief, September 1960 to October 1962 4. Grain, Aircraft and the Lennedy Administration's 'China Policy' Debate: June 1960 to October 1962 Part 3: October 1962 to July 1964 5. Chemical Fertiliser, Equipment and Technology and Japanese-Western Competition in the 'China Trade': October 1962 to September 1963 6. 'China Market' Rivalries Intensify: Washington and Taibei's Response, October 1963 to July 1964 Part 4: August 1964 to December 1965 7. The 'Third Front', Vietnam and China's Foreign Trade: August 1964 to February 1965 8. Vietnam Escalation and the 'Non-Strategic' 'China Trade': Washington's Position Reconsidered, March to December 1965 Part 5: 1965 to 1974 9. 'Cultural Revolution' Delays: Steel Complex Negotiations and US-Allied Trade Policy, 1965 and 1966 10. Emergence from 'Cultural Revolution': Suspended Trade Negotiations Resumed. US Trade Controls Relaxed, 1966 to 1979 Appendices 1. Biographical Sketches of Chinese Officials