The Political and Economic Foundations of the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1948–1949
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This chapter discusses the political and economic foundation of the Sino-Soviet alliance. It focuses on the 1948–1949 period. Against the backdrop of an emerging global Cold War, Soviet policy toward the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) changed from limited contact to active support in 1948. Anastas Mikoyan’s trip to the CCP headquarters at Xibaipo in early 1949 and Liu Shaoqi’s visit to Moscow in the summer of 1949 proved to be important steps toward the formation of strategic cooperation between Communist China and the Soviet Union.