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Worse Than a MonolithAlliance Politics and Problems of Coercive Diplomacy in Asia$
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Thomas J. Christensen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142609

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142609.001.0001

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The Sino-Soviet Split and Problems for the United States in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, 1956–64

The Sino-Soviet Split and Problems for the United States in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, 1956–64

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(p.146) Chapter 5 The Sino-Soviet Split and Problems for the United States in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, 1956–64
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Worse Than a Monolith
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Thomas J. Christensen

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691142609.003.0005

This chapter examines the Sino-Soviet split and its implications for the United States' policies in Asia, Europe, and the Americas during the period 1956–1964. Coordination and comity in the communist camp peaked between 1953 and 1957, but alliance between the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China (PRC) was relatively short-lived. This was caused by ideological differences, distrust, and jealous rivalries for international leadership between Nikita Khrushchev and Mao Zedong. The chapter explains what caused the strain in Sino-Soviet relations, and especially the collapse of Sino-Soviet military and economic cooperation. It also considers the effects of the Sino-Soviet disputes on third-party communists in Asia, China's foreign policy activism, and the catalytic effect of the Sino-Soviet split on Soviet foreign policy.

Keywords:   foreign policy, Sino-Soviet split, United States, Asia, Soviet Union, People's Republic of China, Nikita Khrushchev, Mao Zedong, Sino-Soviet relations, communists

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