War Between Russia and China Author:Harrison E. Salisbury An analysis of the the conflict between the two giants of Asia... a conflict that was sown in the days of Genghis Khan and has intensified through the centuries on a collision course toward all-out war. — "Is war between Russia and China inevitable? Harrison E. Salisbury cogently argues that it is, unless the pattern of recent events [1950s and 1... more »960s] is drastically altered. A Sino-Russian war would be disastrous for the whole world, and Salisbury recommends an imaginative use of American power as the best means of preventing it. His argument deserves wide reading." - Chicago Sun-Times Book Week
Although tension between Russia and China and the proliferation of signs that the two superstates were headed toward a collision course and war in the late 1960s, this did not come to pass. In this book, Salisbury does not share the complacency of those who viewed the prospect of such conflict with equanimity or even hopeful anticipation. He argues that war between Russia and China would be nuclear war and that even if the United States could escape direct involvement - which seemed most dubious - it could not escape the fallout.
Salisbury then argues that the United States could profoundly influence the potential struggle through a position of leverage. U.S. power could be employed to insure either Russia's victory or China's victory, or to prevent an Asian Armageddon. His position is that by employing its superior weight and influence the United States can transform impending disaster into the foundation of a new and stable world structure, and it is to this objective that Salisbury dedicates his book.« less