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Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979

Andrew Mertha


When the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia in 1975, they inherited a war-ravaged and internationally isolated country. Pol Pot's government espoused the rhetoric of self-reliance, but Democratic Kampuchea was utterly dependent on Chinese foreign aid and technical assistance to survive. Yet in a markedly asymmetrical relationship between a modernizing, nuclear power and a virtually premodern state, China was largely unable to use its power to influence Cambodian politics or policy. This book traces this surprising lack of influence to variations between the Chinese and Cambodian institution ... More

Keywords: Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot, China, Cambodia, Democratic Kampuchea, foreign aid, military aid, technology transfer, international trade, Democratic Kampuchea

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452659
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452659.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Mertha, author
Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University