Abstract

Abstract:

Newly available archival sources in China illuminate how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) used transnational initiatives to advance its aims. This article explores Chinese interaction with the Pugwash Conferences on Science andWorld Affairs from 1957 to 1964 and discusses how the People's Republic of China (PRC) made deliberate use of transnational initiatives to further its own Cold War strategy and foreign policy. High-ranking CCP officials were directly involved in selecting China's scientific participants, shaping their message, and determining their objectives at the conferences, including winning over potentially sympathetic foreign scientists, demonstrating SinōSoviet solidarity and, in 1960, potentially establishing back-channel communications with the incoming Kennedy administration in the United States. Chinese scientists' involvement in Pugwash shows that transnational relations mattered to the PRC during the ColdWar and, more broadly, underscores the importance of governments in transnational relations.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1531-3298
Print ISSN
1520-3972
Pages
pp. 140-169
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-20
Open Access
No
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