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BYU Studies Quarterly

BYU Studies Quarterly

Abstract

This article looks at the impact geographical area has on the Sino-Soviet conflict. Although China and the Soviet Union have similar ideologies, both countries’ imperialist drives makes expanding borders inevitable. In addition, China’s geographical deficiencies—the small proportion of land suitable for agricultural development—and its growing population put pressure on the Chinese government to look elsewhere for resources to sustain its people. In this context, border conflicts are inevitable despite common ideologies.

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