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Collateral DamageSino-Soviet Rivalry and the Termination of the Sino-Vietnamese Alliance$
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Nicholas Khoo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231150781

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231150781.001.0001

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Breaking the Ring of Encirclement

Breaking the Ring of Encirclement

Sino-Soviet Alliance Termination and the Chinese Communists’ Vietnam Policy, 1964–1968

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(p.15) 2 Breaking the Ring of Encirclement
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Collateral Damage
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Nicholas Khoo

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231150781.003.0002

This chapter discusses the Sino-Soviet conflict, examining how such a conflict affected the relationship between China and Vietnam. The Soviets sent a letter to Beijing requesting that a conference be convened with their North Vietnamese counterparts. The Soviets' purpose was to discuss trilateral cooperation between Hanoi, Beijing, and Moscow. However, the Chinese rejected the Soviets' requests and accused Moscow of using this issue to exert control over China. The rejection caused the Soviets to cooperate with the North Vietnamese in the areas of economics, diplomacy, and military strategy. In response, the Chinese competed with the Soviets by providing large amounts of invaluable economic and military assistance to Hanoi. Despite the assistance of Chinese, the increasing influence of Soviets in Vietnam steadily worsened the Sino-Vietnamese conflict.

Keywords:   Sino-Soviet conflict, China, Vietnam, Hanoi, Beijing, Moscow, Soviet, Sino-Vietnamese conflict

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