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USSR planned nuclear attack on China in 1969

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posted on May, 13 2010 @ 03:56 PM

Global Meltdown-1969 Style

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.

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 war against us," Kosygin is said to have told Brezhnev.

That same day he says Anatoly Dobrynin, the Soviet ambassador to Washington, told Brezhnev something similar after consultations with US diplomats. "If China suffers a nuclear attack, they (the Americans) will deem it as the start of the third world war," Dobrynin said. "The Americans have betrayed us."


Well well. I didn't know this. All this time I was lead to beleive the USSR was our mortal enemies and China wasn't. Looks like that is not the case.

No wonder the Russians built up so much in the 70/80's. I think they were worried about the US and China joining forces-after this event. Maybe we better hope the UFO/Aliens are here to keep us from blowing each other up and that they are going around zapping the nukes.

Anyone out there know more about this?

posted on May, 13 2010 @ 04:02 PM
This is shocking. Who knows what history would say if this did happen. Of course countries with same politics can have disputes. But this is saying a lot. President Eisenhower, came up with the idea of threatening the Soviet Union with nuclear weapons in order to have them back down from war.

posted on May, 13 2010 @ 04:09 PM
Very interesting, there's talk about Chinese interest in Russia's Eastern provinces too, which is possibly re-emerging as a potential issue, allegedly.

I've started looking for the original articles, I'm interested in what the other four nuclear situations mentioned were? Anyone know?

posted on May, 13 2010 @ 04:13 PM
Wow, Richard Nixon shurely had a pair of brass balls., nevermind how he behaved during watergate, but this move must have taken some bold diplomatic abrobatics. He answerd a threat with a counterthreat not knowing the outcome. Surely Russia wouldnt have fought a two front war.

Way to go tricky Dicky

posted on May, 13 2010 @ 04:14 PM
reply to post by curioustype

Here's more info on the Sino-Soviet split. This should be helpful.

posted on May, 13 2010 @ 06:44 PM
And we should trust why so?

hm let me rethink that source well ya?

isnt telegraph pro new world order pro government control? oh and pro warfare?

posted on May, 13 2010 @ 07:37 PM
reply to post by Agent_USA_Supporter

The media on the other side of the big pond do a FAR better job in reporting on anything comparted to the USA MSN-in recent years. I get more info there on the major new stories-especially when it come to Wash D.C. stories.

Go ahead, try them out.

posted on May, 13 2010 @ 07:41 PM
reply to post by anon72

Can share some links then? Please!

posted on May, 13 2010 @ 07:58 PM
reply to post by Romantic_Rebel

Here you go.

I tend to look at the London Times, BBC and the Sun but the other do a good job also, time limits me.

What I think allows them to do a good job is they don't cater to Obama and need for him to like him. They aren't trying to be his lacky.

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