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Shadow Cold WarThe Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World$
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Jeremy Friedman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469623764

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623764.001.0001

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“Three Worlds” versus the Three “D”s

“Three Worlds” versus the Three “D”s

Détente, Development, and Disarmament, 1970–1976

(p.180) Chapter Five “Three Worlds” versus the Three “D”s
Shadow Cold War

Jeremy Friedman

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the Chinese reemergence on the world stage in the 1970s, particularly following their entry into the UN in 1971, and China's attempt to put itself at the head of a rising Third World movement. In order to rebuild its global standing in the wake of the Cultural Revolution, China sought help from the Third World, which blamed the developed nations for economic injustice. The mantle of “Third World unity” in the struggle for economic justice against the “two superpowers” (USA and Soviet Union) provided China with exactly the platform it needed. The Soviet Union answered this reemergence by creating a “natural alliance” between the developing world and the socialist camp against the West. This policy was successful and ultimately situated the Soviet Union as the main champion of the revolution.

Keywords:   Chinese reemergence, China, Soviet Union, UN, Third World Movement, developed nations, economic injustice, natural alliance, revolution

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