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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson H: From Hot to Cold War

Activity 5: China and the U.S.S.R.

China and the U.S.S.R. became close allies after the Chinese Revolution. These two countries shared a common border, had common political enemies, and both had communist governments. In 1950, China and the U.S.S.R. concluded a mutual defense treaty against both Japan and the United States. This alliance worried the United States and its democratic allies.

The Chinese/Soviet alliance shifted the focus of the Cold War to Asia, and Asia became the new battleground between capitalism and communism in the Cold War. Relationships between the two countries appeared to be very close for many years, but difficult negotiations between the two communist countries made it clear that China, with its independent party and tremendous population, would not become a Soviet satellite state.

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Presentation Activity - China and the U.S.S.R.

Mini Lesson Presentation Mini Lesson

Before you view the presentation:

Refer to the Student Resource: Chinese Communist Revolution Graphic Organizer from the previous activity.

View the presentation:

When you are ready, select the play button to learn about the relationship between China and the U.S.S.R. and a comparison of communism in these two countries.

Mini Presentation

After you view the presentation:

Complete the corresponding section on your Student Resource: Chinese Communist Revolution Graphic Organizer. You will continue to use this resource in the next section.

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