Catch Up and Surpass: Sino-Soviet Relations and the American Question in the Pages of Suzhong Youhao

Austin Jersild, Old Dominion University


The paper explores the discussions surrounding the short history of Suzhong youhao (Sino-Chinese Friendship), a journal produced in Moscow in Chinese for distribution in China during the later years of the Sino-Soviet alliance (1958-1960). Soviet officials hoped the journal would address and help reverse the deteriorating Sino-Soviet relationship during Chairman Mao�s Great Leap Forward. The story of the journal illustrates the influence of the Chinese and the broader socialist bloc upon central aspects of Soviet political culture and foreign policy under Khrushchev.

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