Military Relations

  • Ramesh Thakur
  • Carlyle A. Thayer


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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© Ramesh Thakur and Carlyle A. Thayer 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramesh Thakur
    • 1
  • Carlyle A. Thayer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OtagoNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of PoliticsAustralian Defence Force AcademyCanberraAustralia

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