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Indirect Attrition Strategy:A Re-examination of China’s Security Strategy against USSR in the 1980sChinese Full Text

Fan Chao;Wang Ke;

Abstract:The Sino-Soviet rupture in the 1960 scaused China’s anti-Soviet war preparation.In the beginning of the reform era,as China started to promote economic development,unclear analysis of the Soviet threat forced China to keep its active war preparation.As a response to Soviet and Vietnamese aggressive movements in the late 1970 s,China successively launched diplomatic lobbying and border warfare,which formed an indirect attrition strategy,i.e.wearing down the USSR by attacking its allies. Years of confrontation convinced Chinese leaders of the limits of the Soviet threat.China attempted to use the indirect attrition strategy to break the Soviet strategic envelopment,support resistance forces in Afghanistan,and start a process of disarmament.By 1985,Chinese leaders confirmed the USSR’s limited threat and recognized peace and development as the two issues of global significance.The Soviet Union also began to restrain its allies’conduct in order to reduce heavy military and economic burdens.
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    (G) Politics/ Military Affairs/ Law

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    China Politics and International Politics

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