The Bonds of Brotherhood: New Evidence of Sino-North Korean Exchanges, 1950-1954

Adam Cathcart, Charles Kraus

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    Drawing on recently declassified documents from the archive of the Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), this article looks at China’s relationship with North Korea during and immediately after the Korean War. Although previous scholarship has touched on PRC–North Korean military ties during the war, this article is the first in-depth analysis of issues that are less well understood, notably China’s efforts to cope with a huge influx of refugees from North Korea, the PRC’s economic assistance during the war and in the early postwar reconstruction, and Chinese educational and ideological support for North Korean professionals and party cadres. The article shows that the extensive military coordination between Beijing and Pyongyang was only one way in which the war brought North Korea and the PRC into a closer relationship
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27-51
    Number of pages24
    JournalJournal of Cold War Studies
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • China-North Korea relations, Cold War in East Asia, Korean War, socialist internationalism, ethnic Koreans in China, aid to North Korea


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