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The Indochina Tangle: China's Vietnam Policy, 1975-1979
The Indochina Tangle: China's Vietnam Policy, 1975-1979
By Robert S. Ross
Columbia University Press, 1988, 361 pp

This is a detailed discussion of how China and Vietnam became deadly enemies in the four years following the fall of Saigon in 1975. The author sees many factors behind the dispute, including the border, the offshore islands, territorial waters, the overseas Chinese and Cambodia. But he stresses the growing Vietnamese-Soviet relationship that developed at a time when Chinese leaders were apprehensive about Soviet "encirclement" of China.