Relying on Vietnamese archival documents, this article reveals that Chinese chauvinistic behaviors during the Cultural Revolution (1966–1968) triggered the Vietnamese fear of Chinese expansionism and caused Hà Nội to distrust Beijing's intentions in Indochina. With such fear and distrust, Hà Nội's leaders changed their mind about the desirability of Beijing's proposed redeployment of Chinese volunteers to North Vietnam to confront the US escalation of war in Indochina in the Spring of 1970, despite the fact that they were facing enormous shortage of manpower to meet the dual demand of economic reconstruction in the North and the war effort in the South.
Hà Nội's Responses to Beijing's Renewed Enthusiasm to Aid North Vietnam, 1970–1972
Kosal Path, Phd is Lecturer at the School of International Relations, University of Southern California. He has taught courses on international relations of the Asia-Pacific. The author would like to thank David Elliott, Christopher Goscha, and Lorenz Lüthi for their valuable comments.
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Kosal Path; Hà Nội's Responses to Beijing's Renewed Enthusiasm to Aid North Vietnam, 1970–1972. Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1 October 2011; 6 (3): 101–139. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/vs.2011.6.3.101
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