The Pros And Cons Of Sino-Soviet Relations

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Common sense would dictate that the USSR and China would support each other and become great allies because they are the strongest Communist states in the world, especially in the context of the Cold War where it’s Capitalism vs Communism. This was not the case in practice because the truth is that Sino-Soviet relations were cold and bitter. Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union and Mao Zedong, the leader of China were distant despite having the same ideology. The same can be said with Stalin’s successor, Nikita Khrushchev, and the successor of Khrushchev, Leonid Brezhnev. Sino-Soviet relations didn’t know better days until the 1980s when Mikhail Gorbachev and Deng Xiaoping became leaders of their respective countries. In order to…show more content…
Even with Stalin they had made a treaty which fomented their alliance, but now they had cut diplomatic relations. The interactions between Chinese and Soviets now spiralled out of control with the emergence of the new General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1964, Leonid Brezhnev. Brezhnev called his foreign policy the ‘Brezhnev doctrine’, and it was a very aggressive policy which affirmed that the USSR would clash with anyone to protect their interests. In the borders of China and the USSR, a hot war commenced when in 1969 in the Cheng-pao or Damansky Island a fight broke out between the two sides. The Chinese and Soviets aimed their missiles towards each other in a form of intimidation and there was a possibility of a nuclear war. It was perhaps the lowest point in the history of their…show more content…
Firstly it can be said that with Stalin and Mao their main reason for faulty relations was the difference on the interpretation of Marxism. After Stalin’s death, Mao had the chance to enhance relations with the Soviets but he decided not to because he thought that Khrushchev criticized him in his ‘Secret Speech’. It took 30 years since the CPC and the Soviet Union formally talked in 1950 to finally have a good alliance. Their relations went from regular to bad to being cut off in 1961, and finally in 1984 the relations were

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