Historical Research: Chinese State Media Claims the Soviet Union Threatened China with a Nuclear Strike during the Zhenbao Island Border Conflict

A 2010 article in Cultural and Historical Reference (Wenshi Cankao), a publication of China’s state-controlled People’s Daily media outlet (Renmin Ribao), asserts that the Soviet Union threatened a “surgical” nuclear strike against China and that Chinese leaders publicly communicated the need to prepare for the possibility of nuclear war (Liu Chenshan, “1969 Chenbao Island Conflict: The Soviet Union’s Desire to Conduct a Surgical Nuclear Strike,” Cultural and Historical Reference, vol. 8 [2010]).  This supports declassified U.S. intelligence reporting and other academic research of the 1969 Zhenbao Island border conflict.


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