The Minor Asian Communist States

Outer Mongolia, North Korea, North Vietnam

by Paul Fritz Langer

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A discussion of political forces in three minor Asian Communist states that have reacted quite differently to the Sino-Soviet conflict. Outer Mongolia, firmly aligned with Moscow, enjoyed such benefits as economic development, broader international contacts, and greater freedom from direct Soviet controls. North Korea, to the extent that it was oriented toward China, was in a position to play the big powers off against each other. North Vietnam preferred Peking's militant policies, but would probably continue to solicit Moscow's balancing influence to avoid becoming a satellite of Communist China.

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