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The Practice of PowerUS Relations with China since 1949$
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Rosemary Foot

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198292929.001.0001

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Balancing Against Threats: The Rise and Fall of the Sino‐Soviet Alliance

Balancing Against Threats: The Rise and Fall of the Sino‐Soviet Alliance

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The Practice of Power

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This is the first of four chapters focusing on America’s perceptions of China’s capabilities, and dwelling on the correspondence between those perceptions and the projected consequences. It presents an analysis of the rise and fall of the Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship, Alliance, and Mutual Assistance, which was signed in February 1950, and represented one of the most significant alliances of the post-war period. The focus is on US perceptions of Chinese power during successive phases in the Sino-Soviet relationship: the perceived impact of the alliance on China’s capabilities and levels of security; the effects of its demise on Beijing and on the socialist bloc generally; and finally, the consequences of its eventual replacement in the 1970s by a tacit alignment between China and the United States.

Keywords:   alignment, Alliance, American perceptions of Chinese power, China, China’s capabilities, China’s levels of security, Mutual Assistance, power, Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship, socialist bloc, United States

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