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BrianGhilliotti View Drop Down

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    Posted: 05 Jan 2018 at 00:27
Did the Soviet Union ever consider approaching Taiwan in offering to help subvert the Communist regime in Beijing during the Sino-Soviet conflict?

Reviewing the history of the Kuomintang of China, which formed the KMT / Nationalist Party of China that eventually ruled Taiwan, I discovered that it was heavily influenced by Soviet influence. 

Please see: 

I also discovered that the KMT did much to assist Chinese Muslim minorities in western China cary out continued resistance to the Chinese Communists in Beijing after the Chinese Civil War was officially over in 1949. Also heavily supported by the CIA, this source of resistance lasted until 1953.

Please see:

My question is did the Soviet Union ever consider approaching the KMT with help assisting it overthrow the Communists in Beijing? The Soviets would have been in a much better position to help support Chinese Muslim rebels for Taiwan than the CIA.

If this ever happened, I would presume the Soviets would have tried to achieve two goals:

1) Either put a pro-Soviet regime in power in Beijing or
2) Put a regime that was committed to the non-aligned movement, like India

Also, if this ever did happen, I could see why the KMT would have reservations:

1) In the past, Soviet behavior in western China more or less sought to absorb territory at mainland China's expense. This was the case in the 1934 Soviet Invasion of Xinjiang, the Xinjiang Islamic Revolt in 1937, and the 1944 Ili Rebellion.

2) If mainland China realized what was going on, they could have escalated the situation by trying to initiate an attack against Taiwan, or possibly even the Soviet Union itself, if threatening Taiwan in this case did not restrain Soviet behavior.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jan 2018 at 08:09
I think that the Chinese and the Russians are traditional enemies.  Chiang Kai Shek did not like foreign interference, and getting the Russians involved, question is could you get rid of them when you wanted them to leave.  The Americans with the CIA are not right on your border (China's border), much easier to control assistance.
The thing that most protected Taiwan's autonomy was the US Navy.  I don't think that Taiwan would have wanted to threaten that by playing "footsie" under the table with the Soviet Union.  I also don't see the Soviet Union wanting to antagonize the Chinese who had the biggest military in the world.  Supporting a renegade province, might not be the best idea.  On the other hand, did the Soviets approach Taiwan on such issues, I don't really know.
It is an interesting question, if you find out anything more on it, please let us know.
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