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Superb resource   (2011-10-20)
These are the best reference works in existence when it comes to personnel appointments, transfers, promotions and demotions in the PRC government appratus prior to the Cultural Revolution - infinitely superior to the kind of historical handbooks etc covering the period that have appeared since the start of the reform era, including in the west. Users be advised to use them carefully and while paying the greatest possible attention to terminology, however, since the way in which they record information is not entirely transparent and until one gets the hang of how the compilers used terms like "ceng," "yuan" and "jian" (as in officeholder so-and-so also has been, was, or still remains the holder of a different concurrent position), it is easy to read the record incorrectly.
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