Skip to comments.USSR planned nuclear attack on China in 1969
Posted on 05/13/2010 3:30:13 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
The Soviet Union was on the brink of launching a nuclear attack against China in 1969 and only backed down after the US told Moscow such a move would start World War Three, according to a Chinese historian.
The extraordinary assertion, made in a publication sanctioned by China's ruling Communist Party, suggests that the world came perilously close to nuclear war just seven years after the Cuban missile crisis.
Richard Nixon in Moscow with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in 1974
Liu Chenshan, the author of a series of articles that chronicle the five times China has faced a nuclear threat since 1949, wrote that the most serious threat came in 1969 at the height of a bitter border dispute between Moscow and Beijing that left more than one thousand people dead on both sides.
He said Soviet diplomats warned Washington of Moscow's plans "to wipe out the Chinese threat and get rid of this modern adventurer," with a nuclear strike, asking the US to remain neutral.
But, he says, Washington told Moscow the United States would not stand idly by but launch its own nuclear attack against the Soviet Union if it attacked China, loosing nuclear missiles at 130 Soviet cities. The threat worked, he added, and made Moscow think twice, while forcing the two countries to regulate their border dispute at the negotiating table.
He quotes Soviet ministers and diplomats at the time to bolster his claim.
On 15 October 1969, he quotes Soviet premier Alexei Kosygin as telling Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev that Washington has drawn up "detailed plans" for a nuclear war against the USSR if it attacked China.
"[The United States] has clearly indicated that China's interests are closely related to theirs and they have mapped out detailed plans for nuclear
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No Wonder they let Nixon into China...
They must have known about this
Remember when the president was a man? I wonder how things would turn out today.
I call BS, too many places this does not fit.
It has been mentioned in several threads over the years.
Just Google “Yalu River.”
I referred to this incident in a post years ago and was attacked by some know it all freeper as an an idiot.
Wish I could remember his name. I’d ping the guy, I tell ya’.
Which might have been a bluff, but I bet it would have gotten the ChiCom's to back down out of Korea at the very least.
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Absolutely. And Curtis LeMay should have been allowed to knock off North Vietnam. Real Americans don't fight wars based on re-election polls.
Ah, what could have been......
Did that story have a ChiCom confirmation?
USSR planned nuclear attack on China in 1969 but shelved the idea because Ping Ping was still in the Moscow Zoo
If we could only go back and change it all...
LOL! Now we know what the screenplay writers were reading ;-)
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