Monday, October 3, 1949
On the dot of 8 a.m. today all Shanghai's radio stations played the new national anthem of the People's Republic of China, "Arise you who refuse to be slaves," and throughout this metropolis the red banner of the new government was officially hoisted for the first time.
As formation of the new government was marked throughout this city and Communist China by ceremonies and parades, press reports from Peking said the new regime's bid for foreign recognition had been officially delivered to consulates in the new capital.
This was the first admission by the new regime of the official status of foreign consulates and embassies in China. In proclaiming the new government yesterday, Mao Tse-tung, head of the Chinese Communist party, said he was ready to establish diplomatic relations with foreign countries.