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By Jian Chen

By using lately published chinese language records, conversations with People's Republic of China students, and in-depth interviews with those that have been current at key decision-making conferences, this booklet goals to find China and the USSR's roles within the outbreak of the Korean clash.

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19 This emphasis on “carrying the revolution through to the end” was a long-standing preoccupation in Mao’s thinking. As early as 1939 and 1940, Mao stated in The Chinese Revolution and the Chinese Communist Party and On New Democracy, two of his most important works, that the Chinese Communist revolution would be divided into two stages: the stage of new democratic revolution and the stage of socialist revolution. This transformation would lay the foundation of China’s transition into a socialist and later Communist society.

The PLA’s Fourth Field Army was then preparing to move south from Manchuria to enter the Beiping-Tianjin Campaign, a decisive military showdown between the CCP and the GMD, and CCP military planners in the Northeast worried that the remaining American diplomats might use their radio transmitters to send information about the PLA’s movement to the GMD. S. 11 The combination of these factors caused the Northeast Bureau to order all foreign consulates to hand over their radio stations within 36 hours.

We have encountered at this point a key rationale underlying the CCP’s foreign policy: Mao’s and his comrades’ revolutionary nationalism. The traditional Chinese were deeply convinced that Chinese civilization and the Chinese way of life were the most superior in the known universe. 41 This Chinese view of the world had been severely challenged when China had to face the cruel fact that China’s door was opened by the superior forces of Western powers, and that the very survival of the Chinese nation was at stake.

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