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  • Upcoming book: The Dragon in the Jungle: The Chinese Army in the Vietnam War


    May be of interest to some on here. Due January 2020 from OUP
    Western historians have long speculated about Chinese military intervention in the Vietnam War. It was not until recently, however, that newly available international archival materials, as well as documents from China, have indicated the true extent and level of Chinese participation in the
    conflict of Vietnam. For the first time in the English language, this book offers an overview of the operations and combat experience of more than 430,000 Chinese troops in Indochina from 1968-73. The Chinese Communist story from the "other side of the hill" explores one of the missing pieces to the
    historiography of the Vietnam War.

    The book covers the chronological development and Chinese decision-making by examining Beijing's intentions, security concerns, and major reasons for entering Vietnam to fight against the U.S. armed forces. It explains why China launched a nationwide movement, in Mao Zedong's words, to "assist
    Vietnam and resist America" in 1965-72. It details PLA foreign war preparation, training, battle planning and execution, tactical decisions, combat problem solving, political indoctrination, and performance evaluations through the Vietnam War. International Communist forces, technology, and
    logistics proved to be the decisive edge that enabled North Vietnam to survive the U.S. Rolling Thunder bombing campaign and helped the Viet Cong defeat South Vietnam. Chinese and Russian support prolonged the war, making it impossible for the United States to win.

    With Russian technology and massive Chinese intervention, the NVA and NLF could function on both conventional and unconventional levels, which the American military was not fully prepared to face. Nevertheless, the Vietnam War seriously tested the limits of the communist alliance. Rather than
    improving Sino-Soviet relations, aid to North Vietnam created a new competition as each communist power attempted to control Southeast Asian communist movement. China shifted its defense and national security concerns from the U.S. to the Soviet Union

  • #2
    I have read this book but maybe the above has more to add:


    In the quarter century after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Beijing assisted Vietnam in its struggle against two formidable foes, France and the United States. Indeed, the rise and fall of this alliance is one of the most crucial developments in the history of the Cold War in Asia. Drawing on newly released Chinese archival sources, memoirs and diaries, and documentary collections, Qiang Zhai offers the first comprehensive exploration of Beijing's Indochina policy and the historical, domestic, and international contexts within which it developed.

    In examining China's conduct toward Vietnam, Zhai provides important insights into Mao Zedong's foreign policy and the ideological and geopolitical motives behind it. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, he shows, Mao considered the United States the primary threat to the security of the recent Communist victory in China and therefore saw support for Ho Chi Minh as a good way to weaken American influence in Southeast Asia. In the late 1960s and 1970s, however, when Mao perceived a greater threat from the Soviet Union, he began to adjust his policies and encourage the North Vietnamese to accept a peace agreement with the United States.

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    • #3
      This will add something to an aspect of the war that is very important and poorly documented. Not only was direct Chinese support very important to certain aspects of the North Vietnamese war effort, but it played a crucial role in limiting America's options. It is commonplace to hear Americans opine that the US should have invaded Nth Vietnam. No US President was going to do that if there was a risk of another war with China so soon after Korea. China & Vietnam made sure that the presence of Chinese troops was sufficiently obvious that the US could not miss them. It wasn't necessary to have divisions of PLA soldiers fighting the Americans for them to have a significant impact on the course of the war.
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      • #4
        Just for the record, in the Spring of 1967, we captured two Chinese advisors. There was no mistaking them for any VC or NVAs. Their build was far more muscular with the lighter yellowish tint of their skin color. This was just North of the Tay Nin Provence.
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