If anything can be salvaged from this, the Capital Iron & Steel Works, Peking is one of oldest in China.
If anything can be salvaged from this, the Capital Iron & Steel Works, Peking is one of oldest in China. Founded 45 years ago. Today rated as a "medium-sized" plant, it employs 30,000 workers and is still expanding. Production figures have not been published in China for past 11 years and no figures for output at this plant are given. (Check Ed Snow's interview with Chou en-lai, published in Italian Epoca, for overall figure China's steel production last year) This plant has also been greatly expanded in past 10 years, and work continues. Much of it today concentrates on replacing or rebuilding machines put in by the Russians. When the Soviet advisers were pulled out by Khrushchev in 1960 much of the work was half completed. Present Chinese management complain the Russians not only took away all plans but much of key machinery. Everything has had to be improvised by Chinese themselves. Number of blast furnaces now increased from original one to six; production also tied in with newly developed open-cast iron mine in nearby in Hopei province. Wide range of steels now produced and chemical plant built (this year) into the complex is turning out bye-products which include fertiliser. Rolling mill completed in nine months in 1968 turns out wide variety of steel bars and reinforcing rods for construction industry.