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The Soviets invaded Xinjiang to support their client, a warlord who had no connection to the CCP.

Did the CCP support this invasion? Oppose it? Or just try to avoud talking about it?

Related: were the Soviets actively supporting the Kuomintang in skirmishes against Japan at this time?

  • I suppose because their sponsor country was a threat to the country that they wanted to rule. This seems like an embarrassment, in the same sense that Oswald Mosley's support from/to the Nazis was an embarrassment. – Ne Mo Jan 29 '18 at 21:20
  • That's quite an exaggeration. Had the Soviets invaded China proper I would agree, but fostering a at the time anti-Nationalist warlord in Sinkiang, which was not historic Chinese territory, wasn't much cause for concern. – Semaphore Jan 29 '18 at 21:28
  • The Soviets sent 7000 troops, the Kuomintang 13,000, according to WP. That suggests they were gravely concerned, and the article says there were 'heavy' casualties on both sides. Of course, sometimes things don't have the profile one might imagine they had, and maybe the invasion made no difference to the CCP either way. However, it seems reasonable to think it might have. – Ne Mo Mar 11 '18 at 18:04
  • 13,000 regional troops already in the area, which is nothing. The KMT had 2,200,000 in 1928. – Semaphore Mar 11 '18 at 18:23
  • With respect, I can't really square the idea of not caring about it with marching people to their deaths over it. Perhaps I'm just naïve – Ne Mo Mar 11 '18 at 22:54

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