Return to Zhenbao Island: Who Started Shooting and Why it Matters

  title={Return to Zhenbao Island: Who Started Shooting and Why it Matters},
  author={Lyle J. Goldstein},
  journal={The China Quarterly},
  pages={985 - 997}
  • L. Goldstein
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Political Science
  • The China Quarterly
This research reveals a new consensus among scholars in both Moscow and Beijing that the 1969 Sino-Soviet border crisis was a premeditated act of violence orchestrated by the Chinese side. International and domestic causes are investigated for their strength in explaining China's belligerence. There has been a widespread belief among sinologists that China acted out of desperation against Soviet strength and aggressiveness, which had been demonstrated most clearly by the 1968 invasion of… 
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The succession to Mao and the end of Maoism , 1969 – 82 , ” in Roderick MacFarquhar
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The Sino-Soviet border conflict
    Another PRC historian of the Cold War points to a second incident that
      The swirling Cultural Revolution could not be shut down overnight. Harding describes the situation in April 1969, after the Ussuri clashes
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      The Sino-Soviet border clash of 1969" p. 30. 53. Ibid. p. 22. 54. Ibid