In Two Chinas: Memoirs of a Diplomat

In Two Chinas: Memoirs of a Diplomat

In Two Chinas: Memoirs of a Diplomat

In Two Chinas: Memoirs of a Diplomat

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No attempt is made in the present volume to give a connected history of the period between 1948 and 1952 when I was in China successively as Ambassador of India to the National Government at Nanking and later to the People's Republic of China in Peking. It is no more than a record of personal experiences and impressions during what was undoubtedly a most critical period of Chinese history. The final stages in the break-down of the Kuomintang regime took place, so to say, before my very eyes. It was also given to me to witness the rise of the new Chinese State. More significantly, it fell to me to be associated with all the negotiations relating to the Korean war during the first difficult days preceding the Chinese intervention in Korea and the discussions for a ceasefire, which, though abortive at the time, laid the foundations for the agreement negotiated two years later.

I need not add specifically that the views expressed in the book are entirely personal and should not in any way be considered as reflecting the opinions of the Government of India.

I have also to acknowledge with gratitude the assistance I have received from Mr. Shiv Shastri and Mr. R. C. Asthana in the difficult but necessary task of proof-reading. I am also grateful to Mr. Geoffrey Hudson, Fellow of St. Anthony's College, Oxford, for helping me with the proper spelling of Chinese names.

LONDON, K. M. PANIKKARMarch 21, 1955.

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