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China opens Cold War-era archives

Posted by worldlylibrarian on November 16, 2008

More than 41,000 documents were recently declassified by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to a report by China News. They mostly cover the time period between 1960 and 1965, a time period when China was in conflict with several of their neighbours. Over the next three years they will be declassifying documtnes from the 1965 to 1972 era.

Of course, the question remains just which documents were not declassified…


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IFLA fund for Chinese library relief

Posted by worldlylibrarian on June 3, 2008

IFLA has set up a fund for those who want to contribute to the rebuilding and recovery of libraries in that country after the recent earthquake. There is more information on their web site, as well as an open letter (PDF) to the Secretary General of IFLA from Tang Gengsheng, Secretary general of the Library Society of China.

It appears many of the larger libraries in the area were not seriously damaged, but the smaller county and town libraries fared worse, with significant structural damage. At least one, the Beichuan County Library, collapsed during the event.

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