By Jian Chen
By using lately published chinese language records, conversations with People's Republic of China students, and in-depth interviews with those that have been current at key decision-making conferences, this booklet goals to find China and the USSR's roles within the outbreak of the Korean clash.
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Revolutionary Commitments 21 Third, the theory of the intermediate zone reflected a strong tendency toward Chinese ethnocentrism in Mao’s and the other CCP leaders’ perception of the postwar world. Mao and his fellow CCP leaders stated vigorously that the American-Soviet competition over the intermediate zone would be finally determined by the result of the struggles between China and the United States, and that the “main contradiction” in the postwar world was thus of a Sino-American nature. This emphasis upon China as a critical front in the postwar world may have been part of an attempt to win more Soviet assistance to the CCP.
In a report on domestic and international relations in December 1947. 38 In December 1948, Liu Shaoqi published a lengthy article, “On Internationalism and Nationalism” (again, a collective work of the CCP leadership). S. ”Therefore one must “line up with one side or the other. . If one is not in the imperialist camp . . ”39 It had never been a problem for the CCP leadership that China belonged in the Soviet camp. Revolutionary Commitments 21 Third, the theory of the intermediate zone reflected a strong tendency toward Chinese ethnocentrism in Mao’s and the other CCP leaders’ perception of the postwar world.
In actuality, starting in early 1949, Mao constantly stressed that enemies of the revolution had not disappeared with its victory. On the contrary, he claimed that victory had created greater internal and external threats. A brief examination of the CCP leadership’s changing assessment of the “American threat” will help expose Mao’s train of thought. During the first two years of the 1946–1949 civil war, the CCP leadership acted on the assumption that direct American intervention was unlikely. 22 Nearing complete victory in late 1948 and early 1949, however, CCP leaders began to demonstrate great concerns about direct American intervention in China’s civil war.
China's Road to the Korean War by Jian Chen