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Just a note on Doug Macdonald's question: I don't know the Chinese sources, but his question prompted me to look back at some notes from the 1990s from the Cold War International History project, which posted a record of a 1963 meeting between the Chinese and the Soviets from a German archive in which Deng Xiaoping laid out a bill of particulars against the Soviet regime, including Cuba, but which mentioned only the non-invasion pledge, not the Jupiters: “The facts are that under threat from the United States you [Soviets] were obliged to remove your missiles…Besides that, you also conduct propaganda among the peoples of the world, convincing them to believe in some sort of promise by Kennedy, and thereby you adorn American imperialism.”* I'm sure there's more than this, but just a data point. Tom Nichols Naval War College * "Meeting of the Delegations of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Chinese Communist Party, Moscow, 5-20 July 1963 " July 08, 1963, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, SAPMO Barch JIV 2/207 698, pp. 187-330 (in Russian). Obtained by Vladislav Zubok and translated by Benjamin Aldrich-Moodie. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111237 On 12/4/2013 11:41 PM, H-Diplo [Ball] wrote: > From: "Douglas Macdonald" <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Date: Mon, December 2, 2013 8:39 pm > > Given the discussions of the knowledge and public discussion of the Cuban Missile Crisis stimulated by Bob Jervis’s questions, and followed by some very interesting comments, I have an ancillary question. If, as Don Munton suggests, the “deal” over the Jupiters was known fairly soon after the events, or at least made public, rather than decades later, is there any China specialist on H-Diplo that would like to comment on when the Chinese were made cognizant of the “deal” and how? > > As I understand it, the Chinese originally charged the Soviets with being both reckless and cowardly: Reckless because they initiated this policy with no intention of seeing it through to “success” no matter what; cowardly because they did not see it through in the event. Posing itself as the “real” revolutionary Communist power, though with precious little power to project outside its immediate region other than limited economic projects, China, I would think, would have tried to make propaganda hay out of Soviet unease and embarrassment over the “deal.” > > Are there any English language sources that deal with China’s particular reaction to the Cuban Missile Crisis? I am aware of general histories on the subject. > > > Doug Macdonald > Colgate University > > --