Chinese Policy Toward Indonesia, 1949-1967
By David Mozingo
Cornell University Press, 1976, 303 pp.
Seeing Chinese policy toward Indonesia as aimed to encourage Indonesian independence of the major capitalist countries and the Soviet Union (rather than to maximize Chinese or communist influence for its own sake), the author believes that it came near success but was in the end undermined by the inability of the Chinese to control internal political events, including the behavior of the PKI. The treatment is much fuller on the early years than on the still-controversial circumstances of mid-1965.