Sino-Vietnamese War

China after Mao

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Sino-Vietnamese War

China after Mao (5 March 1979)

Historical Map of China, Mongolia, & Korea

Mao's death in 1976 led to a four-year power struggle. Meanwhile, in 1978, Soviet-allied Vietnam invaded Chinese-backed Cambodia. China responded in early 1979 with an attack on Vietnam. After a month of brutal but inconclusive warfare, the Chinese withdrew.

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