In 1986, China reorganised its three military regions adjoining India, Vietnam and the Soviet Union. This enabled it to plan for a redeployment of reserves from any one to a second or third of the three borders.1 The reorganisation was thus a useful illustration of the interconnectedness of the relationships being traced in this book. The Soviet military connection has been important to India as a symbol of Indo-Soviet solidarity against China; Hanoi’s military links to Moscow have similarly served the purpose of demonstrating a common front against China. The US factor had been just as important for USSR-Vietnam relations in earlier decades, and the Moscow-New Delhi military links served as a counter to the US-Pakistan military relationship.
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