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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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The Politics of Victory

The Politics of Victory

Sino-Soviet Relations and the Road to Vietnamese Unification, 1973–1975

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(p.78) 4 The Politics of Victory
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Collateral Damage
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Nicholas Khoo

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231150781.003.0004

This chapter discusses how China's support for the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, and its preventive action over disputed islands in the South China Sea further aggravated the Sino-Vietnamese conflict. The Soviet-Vietnamese cooperation led Beijing to hedge against the prospect of a unified Vietnam, and to adopt actions that were antithetical to North Vietnamese interests. First, the Chinese began to increase support for the anti-Vietnamese Khmer Rouge. Second, the Chinese seized control of islands in the South China Sea occupied by South Vietnamese troops in January 1974. These actions were immediately perceived by Hanoi as deleterious to Vietnamese interests as well as a sign of betrayal.

Keywords:   Khmer Rouge, South China Sea, Soviet-Vietnamese cooperation, Sino-Vietnamese conflict, Chinese

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