The Cold War - When, how and why it happened

Beijing's support for North Korea is one factor that has worried the U.S. and its allies, especially concerning the balance of power. While the U.S. paid much attention to Russia (the Soviet Union), China emerged as a new security threat (Gaddis, 2005). Gaddis and Reynolds observe that the rise to power of Mao and the Communist Party created unexpected challenges to Washington, which had overlooked the possibility of cooperation between China and Russia in the postwar period. In addition, the communist revolution influenced the spread of communist ideas across the world, as more people believed that communism would prevail over capitalists, as seen in China.

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