chapter  Chapter 8
22 Pages

The Soviet Union and Northeast Asia

WithRajan Menon

This chapter assesses the motives, substance and consequences of Soviet policy toward China, Japan, and the Koreas. The Soviet leaders have also permitted an expansion of political contacts and economic ties between their Warsaw Pact allies and China. In the fall of 1986, the Polish Communist Party's first secretary, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, became the first leader of a Soviet-allied East European state to visit Beijing in years. The increase in Sino-Soviet political contacts has been accompanied by agreements in the economic realm. The progress on the political and economic fronts has been complemented by an easing of ideological tensions. As compared to the era of the Cultural Revolution, China's ideologists are far less obsessed with charging the Soviet Union with "social imperialism," and "hegemonism". The Moscow-Beijing détente also enables China to retain political leverage against the United States.