Fishing in troubled waters: Japanese trade and the Sino-Soviet economic schism, 1960–64

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Mid-July 1960 marked a turning point in Japan’s economic relations with the Sino-Soviet bloc. The selection of former Finance Ministry bureaucrat and Yoshida protégé, Ikeda Hayato as prime minister coincided with Moscow notifying Beijing of its intention to terminate virtually all forms of economic cooperation. The Sino-Soviet economic schism was out in the open. On 16 July, the Soviets recalled all of their 1,390 experts from China and breached more than three hundred agreements, leaving innumerable projects incomplete. Coming amidst the ruins of Mao Zedong’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ and a series of climatic disasters, this was a heavy blow indeed.


Bilateral Trade Japanese Government Foreign Minister Free World China Policy 
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© C. W. Braddick 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Musashi UniversityTokyoJapan

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