A NOTE ON REDACTION
The Final Report of the Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the Peoples’ Republic of China was unanimously approved by the five Republicans and four Democrats who served on the Select Committee.
This three-volume Report is a declassified, redacted version of the Final Report. The Final Report was classified Top Secret when issued on January 3, 1999, and remains so today. Certain source materials included in the Final Report were submitted to the Executive branch during the period August-December 1998 for declassification review in order to facilitate the production of a declassified report. The Select Committee sought declassification review of the entire report on January 3, 1999. The House of Representatives extended the life of the Select Committee for 90 days for the purpose of continuing to work with the Executive branch to declassify the Final Report. A series of further extensions was voted by the House of Representatives until the final declassification review was completed in May 1999. Following an extended series of negotiations between the House of Representatives and the Executive branch, a number of material deletions have been made to the Final Report.
As a result of these deletions, a number of significant events, facts, and analyses have been omitted from this declassified Report. In several cases, important factual examples substantiating conclusions in the report have been deleted. In other cases, explicit findings of the Select Committee have been suppressed. The Select Committee’s classified Final Report, therefore, remains the definitive product of its investigation and analysis.