China and the Vietnam Wars, 1950-1975

ISBN-10: 0807848425

ISBN-13: 9780807848425

Edition: 2000

Authors: Qiang Zhai

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In the quarter century after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Beijing assisted Vietnam in its struggle against two formidable foes, France and the United States. Indeed, the rise and fall of this alliance is one of the most crucial developments in the history of the Cold War in Asia. Drawing on newly released Chinese archival sources, memoirs and diaries, and documentary collections, Qiang Zhai offers the first comprehensive exploration of Beijing's Indochina policy and the historical, domestic, and international contexts within which it developed. In examining China's conduct toward Vietnam, Zhai provides important insights into Mao Zedong's foreign policy and the ideological and geopolitical motives behind it. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, he shows, Mao considered the United States the primary threat to the security of the recent Communist victory in China and therefore saw support for Ho Chi Minh as a good way to weaken American influence in Southeast Asia. In the late 1960s and 1970s, however, when Mao perceived a greater threat from the Soviet Union, he began to adjust his policies and encourage the North Vietnamese to accept a peace agreement with the United States.
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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 4/3/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Qiang Zhai is professor of history at Auburn University Montgomery in Alabama.

Recognition and Assistance, 1950-1953
From Dien Bien Phu to Geneva, 1953-1954
Consolidation and Unification, 1954-1961
The Geneva Conference on Laos, 1961-1962
Deeper Entanglement, 1961-1964
Confronting U.S. Escalation, 1964-1965
Vietnam Peace Talks, 1965-1968
From Tet to Cambodia, 1968-1970
Sino-U.S. Rapprochement and Vietnam, 1970-1975
Conclusion: The Duality of China's Policy
Index Maps
Indochina North Vietnam in 1950
Communist leaders Luo Guibo and his wife, Li Hanzhen, with Ho Chi Minh and other Vietnamese
Communist officials Vo Nguyen Giap greets
Luo Guibo Luo Guibo inspects a Vietnamese factory
Luo Guibo poses with Vietnamese factory workers
Luo Guibo and other Chinese advisers in Vietnam Prince Norodom
Sihanouk accompanies Premier Zhou Enlai during his visit to Cambodia Mao and Ho Chi Minh at
Beijing airport Mao hosts a banquet in honor of Ho Chi Minh during
Ho's visit to China Zhou Enlai and Ho Chi Minh at Beijing airport
The Chinese delegation at the Geneva Conference on Laos Chen Yi meets with Prime Minister
Souvanna Phouma and Prince Souphanouvong Mao meets with Nguyen
Thi Binh Mao greets Le Duan Zhou Enlai greets Sihanouk at
Beijing airport Table
China's Military Aid to the DRV, 1964-1975
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