6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Book Discussion: After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War

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Shen Zhihua, director of the Center for Cold War International History Studies at East China Normal University (ECNU) and Li Danhui, research fellow at the Oriental Historical Research Association will discuss their latest book After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War which traces the rise and fall of the Sino-Soviet alliance between 1949 and 1973, emphasizing tension over the Korean and Vietnam wars. Underscoring the theme of inherent conflict within the communist movement, this book shows that while that movement was an international campaign with an imposing theory and an impressive party structure, it was also a collection of sovereign states with disparate national interests. Shen and Li explains how this dissonance was further complicated by the unequal development of the Chinese and Soviet states and their communist parties, and traces some of China's actions to Mao's grasping at leadership of the communist movement after the death of Stalin.

Click for more information about the book from Wilson Center Press.

Joining Shen and Li on the panel will be Chen Jian, senior scholar at the Cold War International History Project, and Jonathan D. Pollack, senior fellow with the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution.

Christian Ostermann, director of the History and Public Policy Program will chair this event.

6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson Center
RSVP: coldwar@wilsoncenter.oeg



  • Shen Zhihua

    Public Policy Scholar
    Director, Center for Cold War International History Studies, East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai, China
  • Chen Jian

    Global Fellow
    Global Distinguished Professor of History, NYU Shanghai
  • Danhui Li

    Professor of History, East China Normal University
  • Christian F. Ostermann

    Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
    Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Jonathan D. Pollack

    Senior Fellow
    John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution