Cold War Tensions between China and the United States


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Cold War Tensions between China and the United States
China during the Cold War was an actively self interested aggressive communist state intent on getting its share of power among the world powers. It partly succeeded, insofar as it did become a dangerous, unified power that helped Russia challenge the capitalist democratic Western nations. Its active participation in the Korean and Vietnam wars are two important examples of how China during the Cold War was willing to make hard decisions in order to become a superpower. However, China was a patient player too.
With the United States in particular, China has had an ongoing set of tensions. These tensions are not merely because of ideological differences. It is also because they have had...
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..... to build a new society from the devastation of a collapsing civilization, its leaders drawn to communist ideology largely as a means of asserting their independence and finding ways to rebuild their society.”
This may be the crux of the character of China during the Cold War, and why they did not so nearly go to war as the United States did with the Soviets over Cuba. The intentions of China were more inward, less expansionist than the Soviets. Though China was rough with their own population, the intension was more of building up a destroyed culture using the communist model. This is a model that has had some recent success, but it is not actually Chinese. During the Cold War, communism seemed like the Chinese leadership’s best bet.