The Chinese Road in Northwest Laos 1961–73: an American Perspective

  • G. McMurtrie Godley
  • Jinny St Goar


Any road in a mountainous jungle region is important as an avenue of transportation and communication, but the road the Chinese built in northwest Laos during the 1960s was never simply that. This artery was particularly laden with strategic and tactical considerations. The diplomacy related to the road could have led to explosive actions, and was always revealing of the players’ motivations.


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  1. 1.
    George McT. Kahin (1986) Intervention: How America became involved in Vietnam (New York: Alfred A. Knopf), footnote 71 (to text p. 59), p. 451Google Scholar
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    Arthur Dommen (1971) Conflict in Laos: The Politics of Neutralization (New York: Praeger), p. 193.Google Scholar

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© Joseph J. Zasloff and Leonard Unger 1991

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  • G. McMurtrie Godley
  • Jinny St Goar

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