Today at the Wilson Center, Prof. Shen Zhihua spoke at the public launch of the 2018 English language version of his new book (with Prof. Yafeng Xia) on PRC – DPRK relations A Misunderstood Friendship: Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, and Sino-North Korean Relations, 1949 – 1976.
Prof. Li Danhui also introduced her new book, Mao and the Sino-Soviet Split at the book launch.
At the book launch, Chinese historian of the Cold War Shen Zhihua 沈志华 explained (see video) the traditional concept of the Heavenly Dynasty 天朝 that Mao Zedong applied to PRC – DPRK relations. Though he understood there were ups and downs and Koreans had a different perspective too!
Prof. Shen said the idea of proletarian internationalism also resonated with the idea of a Heavenly Dynasty without borders, and the workers having no country but socialism.
Ten years ago while I was working in Chengdu, I came across Prof. Shen’s work online. I listened to an MP3 of his book Mao, Stalin and the Korean War based in part on research in Russian archives. Great book!
My State FSO friend Neil Silver translated the book some years ago. https://www.amazon.com/Mao-Stalin-Korean-War-T…/…/0415748127
I also attended the morning session “Chinese Foreign Relations under Mao: New Sources and Perspectives” that including an introduction to recent English translations of declassified Chinese diplomatic archives now on the Wilson Center Digital Archive. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/collections