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China's Involvement in the Vietnam War, 1964–69*


The Vietnam War was an international conflict. Not only were the Americans engaged in large-scale military operations in a land far away from their own, but the two major Communist powers, China and the Soviet Union, were also deeply involved. In the case of China, scholars have long assumed that Beijing played an important role in supporting Hanoi's efforts to fight the United States. Due to the lack of access to Chinese source materials, however, there have been difficulties in illustrating and defining the motives, decision-making processes, magnitude and consequences of China's involvement with the Vietnam War.

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R. B. Smith's comprehensive study, An International History of the Vietnam War (London: Macmillan, 1983–91)

Chen Jian , “China and the First Indo-China War, 1950–54,” The China Quarterly, No. 133 (March 1993), pp. 85110.

King C. Chen , “Hanoi's three decisions and the escalation of the Vietnam War,” Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 90, No. 2 (Summer 1975).

Zhai Qiang , “China and the Geneva Conference of 1954,” The China Quarterly, No. 129 (March 1992).

Barry Naughton , “The Third Front: defence industrialization in the Chinese interior,” The China Quarterly, No. 115 (September 1988), pp. 351386.

John W. Garver , “Sino-Vietnamese conflict and the Sino-American rapprochement,” Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 96, No. 3 (Fall 1981), pp. 445464.

King C. Chen , “North Vietnam in the Sino-Soviet dispute, 1962–1964,” Asian Survey, Vol. 4, No. 9 (September 1964), pp. 10231036.

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The China Quarterly
  • ISSN: 0305-7410
  • EISSN: 1468-2648
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