Sino-Soviet Decay, Rapproachment with United States
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Issue: China's Disappointment with Russian Funding
Sino-Soviet Split 56-66
Soviet and PRC relations grew out of common ideological beliefs, Zedong and Stalin agree to rebuild and modernize China.
Sino-Soviet Border Dispute 1969
Chinese were unsatisfied with Russian aide in modernizing and rebuilding the regime after the exhaustive communist takeover, limited transmission of nuclear hardware and documentation. Russia also failed to protect China when India attacked, in violation of their alliance, because Russia did not consider them a legitimate threat.
Beginning of Rapproachment
Officially ceased communications between China and Russia, differ over interpretation of Communist text
7-month military confrontation, like the cold war. Came very close to full war, but neither side would initiate combat.
Distrusting of Soviet power, Chinese leadership sought to reestablish lost relations with US, opposing superpower to the Soviet Union. The ice was initially broken through Ping-Pong diplomacy, which describes an exchange between Chinese and American table tennis players. Nixon even served as the head of delegations for a goodwill ping pong tournament for China and the US in California.
Nixon eventually visits China in 1972, and Nixon understand the economic and political value of having an ally in Asia. China was also ready and willing to befriend the United States, as a superpower protection from Soviet Russia
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