Today in history: March 1

Historical Atlas of China 1969: Sino-Soviet Border Conflict

China 1969

Sino-Soviet Border Conflict

In 1966, Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, a hugely destructive campaign to purge China of anti-Communist thought. By now, Chinese and Soviet interpretations of Communist ideology had become quite different, with the Soviets abandoning the hard-line thinking of Stalin in the 1950s. This Sino-Soviet split erupted in war over old border disputes in 1969, mostly around tiny Zhenbao Island.

 

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