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History Of The Cold War Communism does the Splits: the falling-out of China and the Soviet Union "All the rest of the world uses the word "electricity." They've borrowed the word from English. But we Chinese have our own word for it!" —Mao Zedong The People's Republic of China began in 1949, headed by Mao Zedong. (You may know him as Mao Tse-tung .) Mao was a Communist who had been a somewhat inspiring resistance leader against the Japanese and the Chinese Nationalists. Unfortunately his home policies proved somewhat disastrous . In particular, the Great Leap Forward is known for its failure. China never held the importance of the Soviet Union in the Cold War, chiefly because it had internal problems. Regardless, China's significance today shows that clearly, something important happened in China. From about 1956-1961, China and the Soviet Union slowly split apart due to a myriad of issues and bad blood in general. One such issue was Stalin's insistence
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Unformatted text preview: in the 1930s that the Communists remain allied with the Nationalists. .. at a time when the Nationalists were killing Communists. Mao for his part believed that Stalin's successors were too soft. In any case, tension mounted until it escalated into border clashes. The break opened up China to America more, starting with sporting tournaments and building to Richard Nixon's famous visit in 1972. As an aside, the saying "only Nixon could go to China" is symbolic of Nixon's conservatism- a liberal would've been accused of being a Communist. Mao Zedong's death in 1976 brought the more capitalist Deng Xiaoping into power, and he instituted many economic reforms. By the end of the Cold War China had abandoned much of the Maoist ideology and fast moving towards becoming a market economy, though it remains to this day a one-party state....
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