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Did the West enable Communism?

Vox_Veritas
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2/20/2016 7:51:12 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
Okay, so in the late 1970s China was a really horrible place to live. It was a backwoods communist piece of *expletive*. If China stayed aligned with the Soviet Union and did not engage in trade against the West the PRC may've very well dissolved in 1991 and been replaced by a democratic government.
Instead we traded with China and allowed it to become wealthy. One of the things that the First World had over the Second World in the late 80s and early 90s was prosperity; now, communist China is set to pass up the US as the world's largest economy.

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2/21/2016 12:37:15 AM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/20/2016 7:51:12 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Okay, so in the late 1970s China was a really horrible place to live. It was a backwoods communist piece of *expletive*. If China stayed aligned with the Soviet Union

You can go ahead and stop right there.

There are so many incidents and events that happened that explain why China and Russia falling out of favor with each other was destined to happen.

1) There were border disputes between Russia and China for years where dozens of incidents of people shooting and mobbing each other occurred and inflamed tension between both nations.

2) Stalin died, which enticed Russia to take steps away from communism via 'De-Stalin-ization' when Mao was still in charge of China, causing China to believe that they were the true leaders of communism in the world, being more communist than Russia.

3) Shooting incidents between China and islands owned by Taiwan earned Russia's anger since China was risking starting WW3 all over an Island, causing the two to fall out even more since China saw it as Russia chastizing them for trying to spread communism.

4) Khrushchev called Mao an 'Asian Hitler' https://books.google.com... the list goes on and on.

My point is that the divide between China and Russia was going to happen no matter what. You cant simply gloss over it and say 'but if it didnt', and then blame the West for enabling communism by trading with them as the reason why Communism lives on. To do so is to deny a huge chunk of the reality of the situation for why China turned out the way it did.
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