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.
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.