Chapter 6FROM ESCALATION IN VIETNAM TO SINO-AMERICAN RAPPROCHEMENT, 1964–72

Sino-Soviet competition for the loyalties of the Vietnamese communists would begin in earnest following U.S. escalation in the war from late 1964 to early 1965. Ho Chi Minh was able to exploit Chinese and Soviet jealousies of one another to gain maximum support for his revolutionary goals in South Vietnam. From 1965 until early 1968 the rivalry between Beijing and Moscow also served to scuttle multiple Soviet-inspired proposals for peace talks between the Vietnamese communists and the United States. After the Sino-Soviet rivalry moved from intramural competition to confrontation in the period 1968–69, Sino-Soviet tensions finally served U.S. regional and global interests ...

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