• Far Eastern Affairs
  • 2002-10-01FEA-No. 004
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My Encounters with Guo Moruo

Author: Sergei TIKHVINSKY

In November 2002, 110 years will have passed since the birth of Guo Moruo - the well-known Chinese historian, writer, and prominent government figure who contributed to the victory of the Chinese Revolution, the creation of the People's Republic of China, and the development of science and culture in China. He was Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the State Council's Vice Premier, and, for more than 20 years, the irreplaceable President of the PRC Academy of Sciences. Guo Moruo was a great friend of our country and did much for the advancement of Chinese-Soviet ties in the area of science and culture.

The notes published below are dedicated to the memory of Guo Moruo.

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Soon after the conclusion of the Moscow Conference of the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union (in October 1943), in the secretariat of which my responsibilities included performing a number of protocol and translating functions, my family and I left for China to work at our embassy in Chongqing - the wartime capital of China. Here, soon after our arrival, I, as the embassy's second secretary, accompanied our Ambassador to China, Alexander Paniushkin, to a breakfast arranged in his honor by Shao Lizi, a prominent member of the Kuomintang's left wing, and former Chinese Ambassador to Moscow. Along with our host, the well-known Chinese historian, writer, and prominent public figure Guo Moruo was also present at the breakfast.

The table talk concerned issues connected with the difficult domestic circumstances that by that time prevailed in China. It was the fifth year of the major war that Japan had launched against China on July 7, 1937. Until the end of 1941, however, in spite of the machinations of pro-Japanese elements in the Kuomintang, the Chinese people, with the active military and political support of the Soviet Union, were offering heroic resistance to the aggressors.

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