With the advent of the nuclear stalemate or Soviet-U.S. detente China replaced the U.S.S.R. as the main protagonist in the struggle between the East and the West. The United States decision to commit military forces to the fight for South Vietnam has further focused world attention on the enigma of China.
Kollmorgen, Leland S.
"School of Naval Command and Staff: Communist China's Thrust for Power,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 19
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol19/iss5/5