Scott, Robert
January 1970
Foreign Affairs;Jan1970, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p334
The article examines the relationship between China, the Soviet Union and the U.S. with regards to the issue of communist rule in Vietnam. There is little reason to suppose that Russia will exert political pressure on North Vietnam, in the form of reduction of supplies and denial of facilities, to persuade it to do what South Vietnam and its allies have failed to achieve through military and economic pressures--persuade it to moderate its aims and accept a mutually tolerable settlement. By and large, however, the impression persists that Soviet political leaders--as distinct from managers of the economy and military strategists--are as old-fashioned, suspicious and doctrinaire as ever. Many throughout the non-communist world, anxious over implications that the United States and the Soviet Union might become involved on opposing sides in the Vietnam war, have been hoping that the two would work together to smooth the way to settlement in Vietnam and to lessen the risk of their direct confrontation.


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