China's 1979 War with Vietnam: A Reassessment

  title={China's 1979 War with Vietnam: A Reassessment},
  author={Xiaoming Zhang},
  journal={The China Quarterly},
  pages={851 - 874}
  • Xiaoming Zhang
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Political Science
  • The China Quarterly
This article attempts to reveal China's own perceptions of the 1979 war with Vietnam. It includes China's historical relations with Vietnam and their influence on Beijing's approach towards the war, as well as the role of Deng Xiaoping, Chinese military strategy and preparations for the attack. It shows how Beijing's approach to warfare has a distinctive set of Chinese characteristics: calculating when and how to use military power, the underlying aim during the war, and the basis upon which… 

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