A file containing a series of monthly reports compiled for the Russia Committee of the Foreign Office, entitled "Trends of Communist Policy", for the first half of 1955. The reports discuss the rise to power in the Soviet Union of Nikita Khrushchev at the expense of Georgii Malenkov; Soviet diplomatic efforts to derail the Paris Agreements on the rearmament of West Germany; a more flexible approach to problems such as the Austrian State Treaty; and changes to industrial and agricultural policy. The reports also cover the dispute between China and the United States over the island of Taiwan; the gradual decrease in military activity over Taiwan and Chinese willingness to negotiate; and Chinese support for communist activities in South East Asia. The file also contains reports drawing parallels between the newly-signed Warsaw Pact and NATO; and warning of the dangers of the Soviet "Virgin Lands" agricultural campaign.
agriculture, aircraft, alliances, American armed forces, American-Chinese relations, American-Taiwanese relations, Anglo-Chinese relations, Anglo-Soviet relations, Bonn-Paris conventions, British government, Burmese-Chinese relations, Chinese-Soviet relations, communist parties, consumer goods, diplomatic missions, diplomatic relations, disarmament, East Berlin, East German-West German relations, economic planning, espionage, five-year plans, food shortages, Geneva Summit (1955), government ministries, industry, Japanese-Soviet relations, living standards, military expenditure, multilateral talks, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), peace movements, peaceful coexistence, propaganda, purges, rearmament, Russia Committee, Soviet armed forces, Soviet foreign policy, Soviet government, Soviet politics, Soviet press, Soviet satellite states, Soviet-Yugoslav relations, territory, trade, trade agreements, trade unions, treaties, trials, United Nations, Việt Minh, Warsaw Pact, West Berlin, West German government, World Federation of Trade Unions