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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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A War on Two Fronts

A War on Two Fronts

The Sino-Soviet Conflict During the Vietnam War and the Betrayal Thesis, 1968–1973

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Collateral Damage

Nicholas Khoo

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the response of the Chinese and Vietnamese to the Soviets' invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. It explains how the invasion further escalated the conflict between China and Vietnam. Beijing leaders condemned the invasion, claiming that the leadership of the Soviet Union had “degenerated into social-imperialism and social-fascism.” In contrast, the Vietnamese communists praised the Soviet action in Czechoslovakia, saying that the invasion was necessary to defend socialism in that country. Chinese leaders criticized Hanoi communists' support for the invasion of Czechoslovakia, and warned the Vietnamese that the Soviet Union was as great a threat to Hanoi as the U.S.

Keywords:   Chinese, Vietnamese, Czechoslovakia, Soviets, social-imperialism, social-fascism, communists

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