Today, the People’s Republic of China is North Korea’s in basic terms best friend at the international level, a tightly knit courting that is going again many years. either international locations painting their partnership as considered one of “brotherly affection” in response to shared political ideals—an alliance “as tight as lips to teeth”—even although family members have deteriorated in recent times because of China’s ascendance and North Korea’s intransigence.
In A Misunderstood Friendship, prime diplomatic historians Zhihua Shen and Yafeng Xia draw on formerly untapped fundamental resource fabrics to supply a special account of the China–North Korean courting, uncovering tensions and rivalries that shed new gentle at the ties among those communist East Asian international locations. They resolve the twists and turns in high-level international relations among China and North Korea from the overdue Nineteen Forties to the loss of life of Mao Zedong in 1976. in line with unheard of entry to chinese language executive records, Soviet and japanese ecu documents, and in-depth interviews with former chinese language diplomats and North Korean defectors, Shen and Xia exhibit that the tensions that presently plague the alliance among the 2 international locations were current from the very starting of the connection. They considerably revise current narratives of the Korean warfare, China’s postwar relief to North Korea, Kim Il-sung’s ideological and strategic considering, North Korea’s kin with the Soviet Union, and the significance of the Sino-U.S. rapprochement, between different matters. A Misunderstood Friendship provides new intensity to our figuring out of 1 of the main secretive and critical relationships of the chilly warfare, with expanding relevance to overseas affairs today.
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A Misunderstood Friendship: Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, and Sino–North Korean Relations, 1949–1976 (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University)