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Sino-Soviet Rapprochement, 1985-1989

 Documents on the international attempts to foster rapprochement between China and the Soviet Union at the tail end of the Cold War. For other collections on Sino-Soviet relations, see Making of the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1945-1950; Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1950-1959; Sino-Soviet Split, 1960-1984; and Sino-Soviet Border Conflict, 1969.

  • June 07, 1984

    Information About the State Visit of the General Secretary of the WPK CC and President of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung, to the GDR

    A comprehensive overview of North Korean-East German ties as well as North Korea's overall foreign relations in light of a visit to the GDR made by Kim Il Sung.

  • February 18, 1985

    Note from a Working Meeting of the CC International Department Deputy Heads of Fraternal Parties of Socialist Countries

    The group discussed a CC CPSU study which contained an analysis and assessment of the PRC’s foreign policy and its domestic situation.

  • May 15, 1985

    Czechoslovak Translation of Soviet Report on the Sixth Round of Soviet-Chinese Consultations in Moscow

    This report on Soviet-Chinese consultations in Moscow includes Soviet proposals to improve the relationship with China, including the establishment of a military expert commission on border questions. However, the Chinese delegation insists that the Soviet Union cease supporting Mongolia, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The author concludes that mutual cooperation has not been substantially improved as a result of the consultations.

  • 1986

    Draft Versions of Article 4 of Soviet-Chinese Border Security Negotiations

    This working document shows four different working drafts of negotiations of Article 4, which related to reduction of armed forces at the Sino-Soviet border.

  • January 08, 1986

    Czechoslovak Translation of the Soviet Summary of Conversations Between Mikhail Gorbachev and Li Peng in Moscow

    This report summarizes the consultations between Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his Chinese counterpart Li Peng in December 1985 with a focus on divergent positions towards international problems. Li Peng declines to pursue a common policy with the Soviet Union and demands that the Soviet Union cease its interference in Afghanistan, as well as a Vietnamese troop withdrawal from Cambodia.

  • February 12, 1986

    Antonio Rubbi, 'Note Reserved for Comrades: Natta / Pajetta'

    Introduced by a cover letter by Antonio Rubbi dated February 12, 1986, this report from Siegmund Ginzberg dated February 6, 1986 is centered on relations between China and the USSR. In particular, the Chinese lament a lack of progress and accuse the Soviets of presenting the situation much rosier than it actually is.

  • September 09, 1986

    Zdzislaw Kucharski, 'Note regarding the Establishment of the China Studies Institute in Warsaw'

    The author proposes an institute in Poland which would study contemporary China, due to the rising importance of China on the international arena. Proposed departments would include: ideological and political analysis; economic analysis; sociology and culture; documentation and library.

  • September 15, 1986

    The Politically Difficult Topics in Poland’s Relations with the PRC

    Prep notes for an upcoming visit of Wojciech Jaruzelski to China. The Polish delegation wants for all socialist countries to develop contacts and cooperation with the PRC.

  • October 24, 1986

    CPSU Memorandum

    Sino-Soviet relations and the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan are discussed.

  • November 06, 1986

    Czechoslovak Translation of the Soviet Report on the Ninth Round of Soviet-Chinese Consultations in Moscow

    This report summarizes the October 1986 Sino-Soviet consultations, with emphasis on the Soviet determination to improve mutual relations. At the same time, the Soviet Union declines to pressure Vietnam to withdraw from Cambodia. The Chinese delegation is prepared to normalize political and economic cooperation, but does not propose concrete measures. The authors speculate that this is due to Soviet Union's interference in Asian political affairs.

  • December 15, 1986

    Secret Telegram from Jász, 'On the Relations between China and the Socialist Countries in 1986'

    A Hungarian report on China's changing relations with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

  • January 08, 1987

    Antonio Rubbi, 'Note for Comrades: Natta, Napolitano, Pajetta, Bufalini, and the Secretariat'

    Introduced by a cover letter by Antonio Rubbi dated January 8, 1987, this document is a report from the delegation of the Italian Communist Party led by Reichlin to China from December 3 to 15, 1986. It mainly discusses the state of implementation of economic reforms. As for international affairs, a Chinese official are looking with interest and favor to Gorbachev’s reforms in the USSR.

  • March 17, 1987

    Informational Note from the official visit in Poland of the PRC Foreign Minister, Comrade Wu Xueqian (March 10-13, 1987)

    Overview of the first visit of a PRC foreign minister in Poland.

  • March 23, 1987

    Antonio Rubbi, 'Note for Comrades: Natta, Napolitano, Pajetta, Bufalini, and the Secretariat'

    Introduced by a cover letter by Antonio Rubbi dated March 23, 1987, this document is a report from Ugo Mazza and Vittorio Campione on their visit to China. The topics covered include in particular the resignation of Hu Yaobang and the fight against bourgeois liberalism and Chinese opinions on Gorbachev.

  • May 06, 1987

    Czechoslovak Translation of the Soviet Report on the Tenth Round of Soviet-Chinese Consultations in Moscow

    This report outlines the April 1987 Sino-Soviet consultations, with an emphasis on the desire of both the Soviet and the Chinese side to improve mutual relations. However, the Chinese side accuses the Soviet Union of illegal interference in Cambodia. The Soviet Union, in turn, declines responsibility for the Cambodian situation. The participants also discuss the problem of Soviet troop deployments in Afghanistan and Mongolia, which impede Sino-Soviet cooperation.

  • May 06, 1987

    Transcript of Conversation between Todor Zhivokov and Zhao Ziyang in Beijing

    Talks with Zhao Ziyang 6 of May 1987 in Beijing regarding Chinese and Bulgarian Communist policies.

  • September, 1987

    Note from the Visit of the CC PUWP International Department Delegation in the PRC

    An overview of the Polish Communist Party's visit to China.

  • July 07, 1988

    Report on the Visit to China by the Delegation of the Organizing Commission (7-20 June 1988)

    This document - received by the Direction of the PCI on July 7th 1988- is a report on the visit to China of a PCI delegation to China from June 7 to 20, 1988. According to the author, Sandro Morelli, the Chinese expressed their satisfaction with the progress of détente and that relations with the USSR had improved. The main concerns regarded the reform of prices and salaries and the need to accelerate the “urban reform.”

  • July 18, 1988

    Letter, 'Re: Chinese and Japanese Diplomats on Foreign Policy Issues'

    Chinese and Japanese views on politics in the Soviet Union and the reforms ongoing in Hungary.

  • October, 1988

    The Party Cooperation between the PUWP and the CCP

    A memo from the Polish United Workers' Party that Sino-Polish relations have been fully normalized. A series of efforts and initiatives to further normalization are outlined.