ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Slim Hope

Chou En-lai may still pull a fast one on them in North Korea on the issue of Japan, that China may depict this to the Vietnamese as another example of the way the Russians are colluding with America (this is exactly what Chou said in Pyongyang: social imperialism was colluding with Japan and America to wipe out the flame of the liberation struggle of the people of Vietnam), and that by being over-friendly with Japan it might lose the appeal it may have as a possible counterweight to a menacing advance of US-Japanese economic and trade collaboration in the minds of many non-communist governments of Asia. Which way Soviet policies will evolve is still unclear. What is clear is that there are many more ifs and buts in Moscow's approach to Japan than there are in Washington's, which, seems to have made the simple decision that it is in its best interests to encourage Japanese ambitions in the region.

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