China’s Foreign Relations by Denny Roy (auth.)

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Even if this does not occur, the old problem of holding the empire together persists, made more difficult in some respects by modern communications, modern political ideas and the spread of Islam. Tibet Depending upon whether or not one accepts the legitimacy of Beijing's sovereignty over Tibet, the region is at minimum an internal issue with major foreign polICY implications, and at maximum a foreign policy issue in its own right. The Tibet issue thus deserves extended elaboration here. Controlling Tibet is important to the PRC's national security for several reasons.

140). Under the auspices of the Three Worlds Theory, cooperation with any government other than the superpowers could be justified as a means of promoting solidarity against hegemonism. This new pragmatism rationalized Beijing's cultivation of relationships even with the fascist regimes in Greece and Spain (Klein, 1989, p. 144). Conflicts with Vietnam Despite Washington's (mis)perceptions, cooperation between Beijing and Hanoi during the Vietnam War was an anomaly in a long history of poor relations between the Chinese and Vietnamese.

Conflicts with Vietnam Despite Washington's (mis)perceptions, cooperation between Beijing and Hanoi during the Vietnam War was an anomaly in a long history of poor relations between the Chinese and Vietnamese. It was the common American threat that had driven them together in a temporary united front. Even during this period Hanoi saw itself played like a pawn in China's larger game, just as Stalin had used the CCP. China had clearly sacrificed Hanoi's interests for its own during the Geneva conference.

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