The Soviet Union; Threat to the Peoples' Republic of China?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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It is the purpose of this thesis to analyze the political, geographical, sociological, economic, military, and scientific power factors of both China and the USSR to determine whether the Chinese leaders consider the USSR to be a threat to the PRC. Both countries are competing for political and economic influence in the peripheral states of Asia and in the developing nations of the world. The thesis concludes that the Chinese leadership does not regard the USSR as a serious threat to Chinese Communist national security. Although a nuclear-armed China will, within the next decade, change the attitudes and relationships of both nations, a military confrontation between these two states is unlikely in the foreseeable future. Under present leadership, the ideological dispute will continue. As a consequence, Sino-Soviet relations are likely to deteriorate because of racial, economic, sociological, territorial, and national differences. The gradual emergence of the Peoples Republic of China as a major world power will have an increasing impact in Asia and throughout the world.
- Government and Political Science