• Title
    Official correspondence with the Chinese and British governmental departments and dignitaries
  • Reference
  • Production date
    1955 - 1983
  • Creator
    • Cantlie, KennethBiography
  • Scope and Content
    Original folder with annotation 'Ministerial and Official' containing correspondence with the Chinese Embassy in London, Sino-British Trade Council, British Foreign Office, Board of Trade and Chinese dignitaries including Madame Soon Ling Ching (the honorary president of China and third wife of Sun Yat Sen) and Sun Fo (son of Sun Yat-Sen). Kenneth Cantlie was at this period the president of China Society in London and often writes in this capacity to Chinese Embassy and also as the director of Verity-Orient company making commercial enquiries. Topics include the 117th birthday of Dr Sun Yat-Sen (1982) and the funeral of Madame Soon Ling Ching; a copy letter to Madame Soon Ling Ching mentioning Morris Cohen's death; copy letter to Mr Mao Yo-Sheng, engineer and president of Chinese Society of Civil engineering on Derby Research Centre and high speed trains (1979); correspondence with Sino-British Trade Council and a report relating to the visit of Chinese Civil Engineering Society visit (1977) and Kenneth Cantlie's notes on the event including details of his own career; correspondence with Chinese Embassy on the deaths of Chairman Mao, Premier Chou En-Lai (Zhou Enlai) and earthquakes in China (1976); correspondence with Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding Boxer Indemnity Fund loans from Chinese banks to complete the Canton-Hankow Railway line, a mention of Kenneth Cantlie delivering a message from Chou En-Lai (Zhou Enlai) to Mr MacMillan (1972); correspondence relating to and meeting minutes of Locomotive Manufacturers Association (LMA); correspondence with Charge d'Affairs, Chinese Embassy, on various issues including Sino-British trade relations (1958), severe floods in Southern China (1959) and Kenneth Cantlie's 9 month visit to Africa (1962-1963); a letter to Mr Wu Mao-Sun of Chinese Institute for Foreign Affairs depicting Lady Cantlie's (mother of Kenneth Cantlie) involvement in helping Dr Sun Yat-Sen in 1890s (1961); correspondence relating to Chinese Diesel Traction Research Party and list of participants (1965); correspondence with Board of Trade on restrictions to Chinese imports (1959-1960); correspondence with the Chinese Commercial Counsellor on visiting a factory building British Railway's diesel locomotives (1959) electric locomotives and proposed Peking Trade Fair 1960 (1958); correspondence between Kenneth Cantlie, Foreign Office, Messires Sandberg, Vulcan Foundry and China National Transport regarding spare parts for 4-8-4 locomotives commissioned by the Boxer Indemnity Fund/Chinese Purchasing Commission before the change of government in China before the Second World War and still stored at the Vulcan Foundry (1958-1959); a copy letter by Kenneth Cantlie to Prime Minister Harold Macmillan describing Kenneth Cantlie's meeting with Premier Zhou Enlai (Chou En-lai) in 1957 and requesting an interview to convey a message from Zhou, including a typed account of the meeting discussing political issues such as Hong Kong's position and Sino-British trade relations (1958); correspondence with various Chinese officials such as Commercial Councillor Hsieh Shou-tien on arranging private meetings with MP's and ministers on trade, Shou Lih-Tse and C. T. Ching (1957-1958); correspondence with F.A.B. Fawssett, Ministry of Defence, Economic and general division, thanking Kenneth Cantlie's report for the locomotive industry and producing prints of his negatives and a list of captions for the photographs (1957); correspondence and lists of controlled goods relating to the trading embargo with China (1958-1958); a copy letter to A.R.W. Low describing Kenneth Cantlie's trip to China in 1956, being a guest of Madame Sun Yat Sen and meeting Mao Tze Tung, Chou En-Lai (Zhou Enlai) and other leaders, also mentioning General Morris Cohen and the Suez Canal. Also contains a copy letter by Kenneth Cantlie to Lawrence Kadoorie congratulating him on obtaining a peerage (1981) and Kenneth Cantlie's meeting with Soon Ling Ching before her passing away.
  • Extent
    1 file with approx. 110 pages, 3 pamphlets
  • Level of description
  • Repository name
    National Railway Museum, York
  • Associated people and organisations
    • Locomotive Manufacturers' AssociationBiography
    • British RailwaysBiography
    • Vulcan Foundry LtdBiography
    • Kadoorie, Lawrence (CBE)Biography
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