Reviewing the Relations between China and East European Countries: From the 1960s to the 1980s
24-26 March 2004, Beijing, China
The international conference on China and the Warsaw Pact in the 1960-80s, held in Beijing on March 24-26, 2004, brought together a small group of Chinese and East European officials who were involved in the mutual relations as diplomats or party officials in the 1970-80s.
The conference was organized by the Party History Research Center of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the Parallel History Project and the Warsaw Pact (PHP), in cooperation with the Cold War International History Project (CWIHP), the George Washington University Cold War Group (GWCW), and the LSE Cold War Studies Centre.
The format of the seminar was structured discussion, focusing on issues concerning security in the broadest sense of the word. Among similar oral history projects on Cold War topics, the format was the closest to that of the Carter-Brezhnev Project and similar oral history project concerning the Cold War period. Publication on the PHP website and possibly in print, is envisaged.
Such topics as the security implications of the US-Chinese rapprochement, China's policies toward the Warsaw Pact and NATO, Soviet perceptions of China as an ally of the West, bilateral relations between China and the members states of the Warsaw Pact other that the Soviet Union, and Sino-Albanian relations were of particular interest.
We expect that records from Eastern European archives will have become available as a result of the October 2003 Budapest conference on the Cold War in Asia and the PHP's own research to serve as the documentary background to the seminar.