History of China UK Friendship Societies before SACU

Before SACU was set up in 1965, there had been a series of organisations concerned to develop closer understanding between the British and Chinese peoples.┬áJenny Clegg surveys the history of the UK friendship societies with China. The UK-China friendship organisations established throughout this century have each had their own characteristics, yet a common thread can be discerned. These ‘people’s organisations’ opposed British government interventionism and hostile policies, and at critical moments were capable of rousing broad support. Operating as centres for information about the China issue, they worked closely with other organisations – trade unions, peace groups, women’s groups, co-operative […]