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CHINA’S ROLE IN INDONESIA’S “CRUSH MALAYSIA” CAMPAIGN

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Abstract


This paper argues that contrary to the traditionally accepted opinion, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) participated in the Indonesian campaign to crush Malaysia half-heartedly. In fact, despite its strong propaganda broadcast in supporting Indonesia, the PRC was actually a passive participant in the campaign. This is due to the fact that at that time the Chinese supported Malayan Communist Party, which was pursuing a more conciliatory policy toward the Malaysian government.  Furthermore, China was probably more concerned with the well-being of ethnic Chinese Malaysia than supporting the local communist party.
 
Keywords:  Sino-Indonesian relations, Sino-Malaysian relations, Indonesia politics and diplomacy, Chinese politics and diplomacy, Malaysian politics and diplomacy.

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