Sino-soviet relations so far
Sino-soviet Treaty of Friendship, Alliance and Mutual Assistance – also agrees military and economic assistance from USSR.
Mao wanted economic aid and protection from the USSR.
He visited the Soviet Union
From the treaty Mao gained: Mutual defence treaty, guaranteed aid for China, rebuilding industry with soviet experts, plans of transforming Russia.
Economic gains worth $300M to China & equipment for defence.
June: The Korean War
Mao’s attitude: the only way to unite Korea was through military action, but not yet!
He sent 700 000 volunteers, the timing would suggest that Stalin was he decider.
The Taiwan crisis
China wanted to kill the Nationalists who fled to Taiwan (after communist revolution 1949), they also wanted the Island Quemoy, Matsu and Yijiangshan controlled by Taiwan.
Mao shelled Taiwan, intending to register his displeasure towards this establishment of SEATO ( South East Asia Treaty Organisation) TAKE IT BACK 4 CHINAAAA
The soviets were not keen on this as it may increase the risk of war.
The Chinese Nationalists did not back down, in the end they gave up the Taschen Islands but