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O'Connor, a Neo-Marxist, contends that individualist ethics in the US became super expensive to the world's such a lot complex capitalist society.

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In the wake of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 the PRC immediately took steps to resume normal diplomatic behaviour. Rapid overtures were made to normalise relations with Third World governments and INTRODUCTION 21 capitalists states of the second rank. But the first countries to be wooed were those bordering the Soviet Union, such as Iran and Turkey, or those of particular concern to the Soviet Union in the Balkans, such as Romania and Yugoslavia. The overriding significance of the strategic dimension may be gauged from the fact that only weeks before the Shah had been pilloried in China as the reactionary butcher of the Iranian people, while Yugoslavia has been regarded as the ultimate hotbed of revisionism.

2) Overseas Chinese, in the view of radical Red Guards, should have been mobilised to spearhead revolutionary struggles in Southeast Asia. The relevant Chinese leaders who had not done so were castigated for revisionism. (3) Chinese diplomats were upbraided for not maintaining a spartan revolutionary lifestyle. All this simply adds up to a charge that certain leaders had betrayed the course of revolution abroad as well as at home, but this does not constitute a coherent foreign policy. Indeed these points betray little or no understanding of the world outside China.

Mao also began to argue that the spearhead of imperialism was directed in the first instance against the countries of the Third World rather than the countries of the socialist camp. The full import of this approach was not to become clear until later in the fifties and early sixties. Meanwhile, basking in the glow of the aftermath of its recent diplomatic triumphs while concentrating domestically upon the economic programme of the First Five Year Plan, the PRC leadership put great store by the evident relaxation ofinternational tensions which it was experiencing.

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