Sino-Soviet Relations

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1. Why was the Korean War significant for Sino-Soviet relations?

  • It demonstrated the potential power of an alliance between USA and China but at the time this was merely an idea not a practical process
  • It consolidated the Sino-Soviet friendship and increased China's dependence on the USSR, the war proved China's worth as an ally for Russia
  • He wanted to unite the whole of China and he was concerned that the USA could use it as a base if the two countries were ever at war
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2. Why were the USSR and China still allies in 1958?

  • China had no other major allies and Russia hoped their relations would give them the upper hand in the Cold War. The USA remained ignorant of the tensions between China and the USSR
  • China had no other major allies and the USA hoped their relations would give them the upper hand in the Cold War. The USSR remained ignorant of the tensions between China and the USA

3. How did strategic and military issues play a part in further deterioration of Sino-Soviet realations after 1959?

  • The Sino-Indian Border Conflict exposed important divisions between the USSR and China as Khrushchev publically criticised China's involvement and supported India sending $800 million in aid
  • The Great Leap Forward was publically criticised by Khrushchev,Mao refered to Khrushchev as a revisionist and argued that the announcement of the end of class struggle in Russia was a betrayal of Communism
  • Mao openly snubbed Khrushchev on his second visit to China, the Chinese beat the Russians to the top of Mt. Everest, Khrushchev withdrew the Russian rxpects helping with the Great Leap Forward

4. Why was Mao's attempt to take Taiwan in 1954 unsucessful?

  • The response of the two superpowers
  • The response of the three superpowers
  • The response of the four superpowers

5. What did the Russian response to the Taiwan crisis of 1954 show?

  • The USSR was unwilling to help China achieve its military goals and indicated Khrushchev was worried Mao's illjudged foreign policy would lead to nuclear war
  • The USA was unwilling to help China achieve its military goals and indicated Khrushchev was worried Mao's illjudged foreign policy would lead to nuclear war

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