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Today, the People’s Republic of China is North Korea’s purely best friend at the global level, a tightly knit dating that is going again many years. either international locations painting their partnership as one in every of “brotherly affection” in keeping with shared political ideals—an alliance “as tight as lips to teeth”—even even though family have deteriorated lately because of China’s ascendance and North Korea’s intransigence.

In A Misunderstood Friendship, prime diplomatic historians Zhihua Shen and Yafeng Xia draw on formerly untapped fundamental resource fabrics to supply a different account of the China–North Korean courting, uncovering tensions and rivalries that shed new mild at the ties among those communist East Asian countries. They get to the bottom of the twists and turns in high-level international relations among China and North Korea from the past due Nineteen Forties to the demise of Mao Zedong in 1976. in keeping with unheard of entry to chinese language executive records, Soviet and japanese eu data, and in-depth interviews with former chinese language diplomats and North Korean defectors, Shen and Xia demonstrate that the tensions that at the moment plague the alliance among the 2 international locations were current from the very starting of the connection. They considerably revise current narratives of the Korean battle, China’s postwar relief to North Korea, Kim Il-sung’s ideological and strategic pondering, North Korea’s relatives with the Soviet Union, and the significance of the Sino-U.S. rapprochement, between different concerns. A Misunderstood Friendship provides new intensity to our knowing of 1 of the main secretive and important relationships of the chilly struggle, with expanding relevance to foreign affairs today.

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