"will support you until your nal victory." The leaders will come together and defeat common enemies as well as helping one another create a communist free government.
Ho Chi Minh (North Vietnam Leader)
Mao sent word to Johnson in 1965 that the PRC would limit its support of North Vietnam. As long as the United States did not invade North Vietnam or take any direct action against the PRC, China would not send combat troops to North Vietnam. These communications implied that the PRC would not directly enter the Vietnam War even if the United States escalated its bombing of North Vietnam.
Vietnamese remained aware that the two communist giants did not share the North Vietnam's adamant desire for Vietnam's reuni cation. Perhaps the best example of strains between the supposedly monolithic communist powers occurred after North Vietnam and the Viet Cong reuni ed Vietnam in 1975.