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  •  What was the basis for the lack of trust (0+ / 0-)

    during WWII?

    •  the suspicions grew out of guerilla war (1+ / 0-)
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      behind japanese lines.  kim il-sung and others were arrested by chinese communists after they fled to a CCP base in manchuria at one point during the war because the chinese figured that the korean communists were japanese spies (korea having been under japanese control  for decades prior). IIRC kim also had run-ins with the soviets, and when he got his resistance underway back in the mountains of north korea, was pretty determined to go it alone. hence the  self-reliant rhetoric of juche (the reality was a bit different, as NK relied on trade/aid w/ the soviet union).

      that being said, china did come to NK's aid in a big way in the korean war, but a large part of why they did was because the chinese leadership (perhaps correctly) feared that macarthur was about to mount a full-on invasion of china via the yalu river. beijing isn't all that far from the korean border. from the 80s/90s on, the two regimes have been on very different ideological tracks, most everyday chinese i talked to thought the north koreans were bonkers for not ditching socialism ASAP.

      sorry i can't be more specific, my focus isn't on modern history.

      surf putah, your friendly neighborhood central valley samizdat

      by wu ming on Sat Jul 31, 2010 at 01:38:43 AM PDT

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