chapter  3
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The Strategic Triangle and China's Soviet Policy

Ever since the outbreak of Sino-Soviet conflict, the strategic triangle has been a major focus of study for many Western strategists and scholars. There was good reason for this trend. In an era of confrontation, China occupied a special place in Western and Soviet strategic thinking. Though "poor and blank," China stood out among the developing countries by virtue of its sheer size, population, geographical location, and, perhaps most importantly, its seeming flexibility in executing major domestic and foreign policy swings. Yet, as the post-cold war era emerges, it is high time to reexamine the concept of the "strategic triangle" and its utility when applied to Sino-Soviet relations.