Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MEMO: Why do American scholars inaccurately characterize Sino-Russian relations as antagonistic in nature?


Date: June 15, 2014

MEMORANDUM: Why do American scholars inaccurately characterize Sino-Russian relations as antagonistic in nature?

Summary of Theory:

American scholars see a parallel between Sino-Russian and Sino-Indian relations when none exists.

Framing the Perceived Parallel:

Both relationships were peaceful in nature until the mid-20th C when both Sino-Russian and Sino-Indian relations experienced a period of open hostility.

Divergent Trajectories:

Neither China nor Russia retains feelings of animosity; only India retains ill will.

Why the Different Reactions to Mid-20th C Period of Open Hostility?:

While India was shaken to its core by Chinese aggression in 1962, Russia and China view the Sino-Soviet split in the greater context of their ancient geopolitical paradigms.

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