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This is a historical case study of the Sino-Vietnamese War of 1979. In February 1979, China, under Deng Xiaoping's leadership, launched a ground war against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. After three weeks of combat using mainly ground forces, the Chinese secured their operational objectives, then quickly withdrew. Though the People's Liberation Army had an unimpressive showing against a smaller, but well-experienced force, China ultimately used the war to improve its strategic position. China's willingness to use a military action to further its political strategy bodes ominously for China's future inclination to use military force to protect its interests. The analysis here draws parallels and identifies discontinuities between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that waged the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War and today's CCP. This case supports that China is still willing to use military force to achieve strategic ends, at costs and in ways unfamiliar to America, but logical when viewed through the correct lens.
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION * Problem Statement * Background * Subsequent Chapters * Research Questions * Research Approach * Limitations and Delineations * Significance of the Study * CHAPTER 2 SINO-VIETNAMESE HISTORY * 1802 to 1954: From Colonialism to Independence for Vietnam * 1954 to 1964: The Peaceful Decade under the DRV * 1965 to 1974: Chinese Communist Support to Vietnam * 1975 to 1978: Post-Vietnam Reunification * CHAPTER 3 THE ROAD TO WAR * The Road to the War: Four Main Factors * Factor One: Soviet-Vietnamese Relations Deepen * Factor Two: Overseas Chinese in Vietnam * Factor Three: Border Clashes * Factor Four: Vietnam Invades Cambodia * The Frame is Set * CHAPTER 4 DENG'S DECISION * Who was Vice Premier, Deng Xiaoping? * Deng on the Domestic Front * China as a Responsible Stakeholder in Southeast Asia * Deng Visits Carter * CHAPTER 5 THE WAR * CHAPTER 6 ANALYSIS, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS * Analysis * Conclusions * Provisional Implications for Future Study * ILLUSTRATIONS * GLOSSARY * APPENDIX A - ANCIENT SINO-VIETNAMESE RELATIONS TO THE EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY * 196 B.C. to1802: Ancient State Relations to the Last Vietnamese Dynasty * APPENDIX B A BRIEF CONTEXTUAL HISTORY OF LAOS AND THAILAND * BIBLIOGRAPHY