1967 - China Successfully Conducts New Nuclear Explosion
This successful nuclear explosion has raised China’s science and technology to a new level in the field of nuclear weapons.
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the State Council and the Military Commission of the Central Committee of the Party extend warm congratulations to the commanders and fighters of the Liberation Army, workers, engineers, technicians, scientists and all other personnel who took part in this test, and praise them for setting themselves lofty goals in accordance with Chairman Mao’s teachings and, urged on by the great proletarian cultural revolution, giving full play to our style of fighting—courage in battle, no fear of sacrifice, no fear of fatigue, and continuous fighting.
The success of the three nuclear tests conducted by China in the one year of 1966 is a heavy blow to U.S. imperialism and Soviet modern revisionism. It is a great encouragement to the heroic Vietnamese people and to all the revolutionary peoples of the world, as well as an important contribution to the defence of world peace.
China successfully conducted a new nuclear explosion in the western region of China on December 28, 1966.
Comrade Mao Tse-tung has said: “The history of mankind is one of continuous development from the realm of necessity to the realm of freedom. This process is never-ending. In any society in which classes exist class struggle will never end. In classless society the struggle between the new and the old and between truth and falsehood will never end. In the fields of the struggle for production and scientific experiment, mankind makes constant progress and nature undergoes constant change; they never remain at the same level. Therefore, man has constantly to sum up experience and go on discovering, inventing, creating and advancing.”
In accordance with this teaching by Chairman Mao, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, broad sections of workers and functionaries, and scientists and technicians have set themselves lofty goals and, propelled by the great proletarian cultural revolution and giving full play to our style of fighting—courage in battle, no fear of sacrifice, no fear of fatigue, and continuous fighting—have carried out this new nuclear explosion with complete success after the successful guided missile nuclear weapon test, thus raising China’s science and technology in the field of nuclear weapons to a new level. This is a great victory for the invincible thought of Mao Tse-tung and a new, rich fruit of the great proletarian cultural revolution.
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the State Council and the Military Commission of the Central Committee of the Party extend warm congratulations to all the commanders and fighters of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, workers, engineers, technicians, scientists and the other personnel who have been engaged in the research, manufacturing and testing of nuclear weapons, and hope that in the upsurge of the great proletarian cultural revolution, they will firmly respond to Comrade Lin Piao’s call and continue to make vigorous efforts to keep proletarian politics to the fore, hold high the great red banner of Mao Tse-tung’s thought, bring the mass movement for the creative study and application of Chairman Mao’s works to a new and higher stage, study the “three good old articles”* as a constant reminder, further promote the revolutionization of people’s thinking and make new and still greater achievements in strengthening our country’s defence capabilities and accelerating the modernization of our national defence.
The success of the three nuclear tests conducted by China in the one year of 1966 is a heavy blow to the plot of U.S. imperialism and Soviet modern revisionism which have been collaborating in a vain attempt to enforce their nuclear monopoly and sabotage the revolutionary struggles of all oppressed people and oppressed nations. It is a great encouragement to the heroic Vietnamese people who are waging the struggle against U.S. aggression and for national salvation and to all the revolutionary peoples of the world who are now engaged in heroic struggles, as well as an important contribution to the defence of world peace.
The conducting of necessary and limited nuclear tests and the development of nuclear weapons by China are entirely for the purpose of defence, with the ultimate aim of abolishing nuclear weapons. We solemnly declare once again that at no time and in no circumstances will China be the first to use nuclear weapons. As in the past, the Chinese people and Government will continue to carry on an unswerving struggle, together with all the other peace-loving people and countries of the world, for the noble aim of completely prohibiting and thoroughly destroying nuclear weapons.
(Hsinhua News Agency, Peking, December 28, 1966.)
- Sometimes also translated as the “three constantly read articles,” this refers to Serve the People, In Memory of Norman Bethune, and The Foolish Old Man Who Removed the Mountains written by Chairman Mao Tse-tung. —Tr.