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Jugoslavija i Azija (1947–1953)
Yugoslavia and Asia (1947–1953)

Author(s): Jovan Čavoški
Subject(s): Diplomatic history, Political history, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Post-War period (1950 - 1989), History of Communism, Cold-War History
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Yugoslavia; Asia; China; India; Burma
Summary/Abstract: The aim of this paper is to present the evolution of early relations between Yugoslavia and the major states in East, South and Southeast Asia, implying primarily China, India and Burma, using archive materials from the main domestic archives and, for the first time, recently declassifi ed sources of the Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PR of China. The timeframe of the paper encompasses the period between 1947 and establishment of diplomatic relations with the Republic of China, which can be considered the first serious contact of Yugoslav diplomacy with the main Asian states, and 1954, which was crowned by extremely successful visit of Josip Broz Tito to India and Burma, as well as establishment of formal diplomatic relations with the PR of China in January 1955. Monitoring the activity of Yugoslav diplomacy through three main stages (revolutionary, observational and active), this paper provides a detailed analysis of bilateral relations of the socialist Yugoslavia with the mentioned three Asian states. In fact, analyzing all the details of ideological and political relations that were developing with Asian partners in all fields, or were limited by certain external factors (adverse influence of the Soviet-Yugoslav conflict on Chinese-Yugoslav relations), we can clearly review all the details which contributed that Yugoslavia and its leadership choose the mentioned countries as the main partners in their strategic choice of the course toward the non-engagement and peaceful coexistence policy.

  • Page Range: 526-543
  • Page Count: 18
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Language: Serbian