Deng Xiaoping and China's Decision to Go to War with Vietnam

  title={Deng Xiaoping and China's Decision to Go to War with Vietnam},
  author={Xiaoming Zhang},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  • Xiaoming Zhang
  • Published 31 August 2010
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
The decision by the People's Republic of China (PRC) to launch a war against Vietnam in early 1979 has not been subject to scrutiny until now. The decision was shaped in part by the deteriorating relationship between Beijing and Hanoi, by Vietnam's new alliance with the Soviet Union, and by Vietnam's regional hegemony, but it also stemmed from the PRC's effort to improve its strategic position in the world. Three events took place in Beijing in December 1978 that also had an important impact on… 
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