A Most Unfavoured Trading Nation: China, 1950–54

  • David Clayton
Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)


This chapter will examine a range of factors explaining changes in Sino-British trade in 1950–54. The first section will assess and explain the PRC’s attitude towards trade with Britain. It will examine CCP thinking on economic development and explore the dynamics of Sino-Soviet bloc economic relations. The second section will assess how British businessmen and the state organised trade with China. As previous chapters have dealt with the imposition of the economic embargo on China, this one will concentrate on the responses of businessmen and the state to Chinese attempts to break the embargo in 1952 and 1953, an interesting development because new merchants and industrialists emerged who were willing to challenge the dominance of the ‘China Association’ group of traders. The chapter will begin with a look at statistical trends in Sino-British trade.


Trading Credit Chinese Economy Chinese Market British Government Soviet Bloc 
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© David Clayton 1997

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  • David Clayton
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  1. 1.University of YorkUK

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