Huang Hua just celebrated his 96th birthday. A graduate of Yenching University, he is a typical Chinese progressive intellectual of his time. In old China the suffering of the common people and the pressing danger of losing the sovereignty of the entire nation led Huang Hua and millions of young people to join the struggle for China’s liberation.
Huang Hua’s memoir is a book describing his more than 70 years of activities as a revolutionary and a diplomat. It reflects also many significant aspects of China’s modern political history. In his posts as ambassador and foreign minister he witnessed a great range of events in international relations and participated in the realization of the foreign policy of New China.
As to the book’s style of writing, it is just like the character of the author-clear and straightforward, so it is easy to read and comprehend.
Chapter One My Formative Years and the December 9 Movement..
Chapter Two With Edgar Snow in His Reporting on Red China in Northern Shaanxi
Chapter Three US Army Observer Group and Military Mediation Headquarters
Chapter Four Contacts with John Leighton Stuart in Nanjing
Chapter Five Geneva Conference--the First High-Level International Conference New China Attended
Chapter Six Participation in the Asian-African Conference (The Bandung Conference)
Chapter Seven Appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Ghana
Chapter Eight Serving as Ambassador to the United Arab Republic
Chapter Nine Snow’s Third Visit to China and Kissinger’s Secret Trip
Chapter Ten The First Chinese Embassy in North America
Chapter Eleven Five Years at the Chinese Permanent Mission to the UN
Chapter Twelve As Foreign Minister
Chapter Thirteen Signing of the Sino-Japanese Treaty of Peace and Friendship
Chapter Fourteen Establishment of Sino-US Diplomatic Relations and the Joint Communique on US Arms Sales to Taiwan
Chapter Fifteen Promoting Good Neighborliness and Friendship Visits to Nearby Asian Countries
Chapter Sixteen Meeting Four Indian Prime Ministers During One Official Goodwill Visit
Chapter Seventeen Visits to Developed Industrial Countries
Chapter Eighteen Journey to Africa
Chapter Nineteen The Cancun Meeting and Visits to Latin American Countries
Chapter Twenty The Early Stage of Sino-British Negotiations on the Question of Hong Kong
Chapter Twenty-One Attending Brezhnev’s Funeral to Promote Normalization of Sino-Soviet Ties
Chapter Twenty-Two My Contacts with Parliaments of Foreign Countries and Activities in the Inter-Action Council
Chapter Twenty-Three Carrying on the Cause of Soong Ching Ling Working with the Scholars of Lingnan
Chapter Twenty-Four International Friends and My Exchanges with Foreign Countries