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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 End of an “Indestructible Friendship”

The End of an “Indestructible Friendship”

Soviet Resurgence and the Termination of the Sino-Vietnamese Alliance, 1975–1979

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Collateral Damage

Nicholas Khoo

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores China's response to Hanoi's support for the Soviet Union's encirclement policy against China. After Vietnam made the decision to align itself clearly with the Soviet Union in the first quarter of 1978, the Sino-Vietnamese conflict over bilateral issues escalated further until the Sino-Vietnam alliance was terminated, In February 1979, the Chinese launched a border war against Vietnam. The Chinese captured some of the cities near the border of Northern Vietnam, and declared that the gate to Hanoi was open and that their punitive mission had been achieved. Chinese forces then retreated back across the Vietnamese border into China.

Keywords:   Chinese, Soviet Union, Sino-Vietnam alliance, Hanoi, border war

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