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Stanislaw Flato (傅拉托)

On a number of occasions in the early 1960s, the serial Public Security Intelligence 《公安情报》produced for an elite CCP readership by China’s Central Ministry of Public Security, contained long extracts (verbatim quotes) from what Stanislaw Flato, who served as counsellor in the Polish embassy in Beijing between 1957 and 1964, was saying in conversation on subjects of political interest. Flato was an old China hand who had been in the country during WW2, when he is said to have been a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as well as served as a head of International Red Cross doctors with the armed forces commanded by the CCP. The links below are to the relevant issues of Public Security Intelligence containing Flato’s remarks. These should be of some interest to Cold War historians and, perhaps even more so, to historians of Sino-Polish relations.

Link #1 (PDF) is to Public Security Intelligence No. 86 (1 September) 1960, pp. 2–4. Flato here gives his critical view of how the split between the communist parties of Soviet Union and China unfolded and why, to Israel Epstein, the naturalized (originally Polish) Chinese journalist and editor of China Reconstructs.

Link #2 (PDF) is to Public Security Intelligence No. 127 (19 December) 1960, pp. 2–4. Flato here speaks to unknown source “on two recent occasions” about the Sino-Soviet split, and about the Polish and Czechoslovakian communist parties.

Link #3 (PDF) is to Public Security Intelligence No. 5 (22 January) 1962, pp. 4–6. Here Flato addresses an unknown source, expressing his views of the Sino-Soviet split.

Link #4 (PDF) is to Public Security Intelligence No. 14 (5 March) 1962, pp. 2–3. After having returned to China from a recent visit to Poland, Flato here speaks to unknown source about the Chinese economy and the Sino-Soviet split.

Link #5 (PDF) is to Public Security Intelligence No. 71 (7 July) 1962, p. 4. Here Flato shares his views on the domestic situation in China with an unknown source.

Link #6 (PDF) is to Public Security Intelligence No. 106 (19 November) 1962, pp. 2–3. Flato here comments to an unknown source on the recent border war between China and India, and on the stance taken vis-à-vis the war by other socialist states.

Link #7 (PDF), finally, is to Public Security Intelligence No. 5 (10 January) 1963, pp. 2–5. Flato here makes “further comments on the relations between socialist states,” i.e. talks to an unknown source about how he sees the unfolding crisis in the socialist camp.