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“This book reflects the best of the scholarship by two serious Chinese scholars of the Cold War international history. Based on newly available archives and historical material in Beijing and Moscow, this book has detailed China’s alliance relationships during the heydays of the Cold War. No existing study has tackled the same topic as thoroughly and solidly as this one.”—Shu Guang Zhang, Professor and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Macau University of Science and Technology

“Often unmatched in their command of the Chinese and Russian sources, Shen and Li unpack the multilayered story of this difficult relationship, exposing previously unknown, or misunderstood, episodes, and shedding new light on dated historiographical debates.… It is an important and lasting contribution to the field.… Shen and Li’s conclusions are likely to stand the test of time.”—Sergey Radchenko, Pacific Affairs

After Leaning to One Side is a further step in removing the veils that have obscured communist actions during the Cold War. The book also helps the reader understand the history and perceptions of one of the most powerful states in the current world scene.”—Jonathan M. House, Military Review

Chapter List

Chen Jian

Preface and Acknowledgments
About the Authors

I. Heydays of the Communist Alliance
1. The Making of an Alliance for Cold and Hot Wars
2. China’s Decision to Enter the Korean War
3. A Troubled Partnership in War
4. The Decision to End the Korean War

II. The Erosion of a Brotherly Relationship
5. Helping-Hand Diplomacy: Soviet Experts in China
6. Comrades Plus Brothers: Sino-Soviet Border Relations in the 1950s
7. Unrealized Partnership: From Joint Fleet to the Great Leap Forward
8. Antagonized Centers and Troubled Frontiers

III. The Hierarchy of International Communism
9. From Wartime Allies to Peacetime Associates
10. Vietnam and Chinese Policy toward the United States

Epilogue: The Demise of a Communist Alliance

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