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Building Ho's ArmyChinese Military Assistance to North Vietnam$
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Xiaobing Li

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177946

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177946.001.0001

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Vietnamese Request and Chinese Intention

(p.1) Introduction
Building Ho's Army

Xiaobing Li

University Press of Kentucky

The introduction provides an outline of the book by answering four questions. The first question addresses China’s intention, strategy, and defense policy toward Vietnam in 1950. The study seeks to elucidate the origins of and changes to Chinese strategy by examining how the PRC defense policy evolved in the 1950s. The second question relates to China’s commitment to and the capacity of its military aid to Vietnam in 1950–1965, when China faced its own serious economic difficulties. The third question concerns aspects of Sino-Vietnamese military relations, including cooperation, negotiation, and conflict. China’s strategic culture can be better understood beyond the history of the Cold War since it is deeply rooted in the past. The fourth question is about current literature on the topic and sources used in the book. Due to a lack of readily available sources for Western researchers, few areas in international military history pose more difficulties than a study of Communist foreign assistance. This volume is supported by Chinese primary and secondary sources made available only in recent years.

Keywords:   Chinese way of war, People’s Republic of China, North Vietnam, modernization, nationalism, Communism, primary sources, veterans, oral history

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