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Phase 1, 1949 to 1976: The Mao Phase of Building the Foundation2 Phase 1, 1949 to 1976: The Mao Phase of Building the FoundationPhase 1, 1949 to 1976: The Mao Phase of Building the FoundationChapter 6: The Big Cycle of China and Its Currency2020-10-09Journal
While China under Mao was isolationist, it wasn’t long before the new government found itself in a war. As explained in the last chapter, in 1945 the new world order divided the world into two main ideological camps—the democratic capitalists led by the United States and the autocratic communists led by the Soviet Union—with a third group of countries not aligned to either side. Many of these nonaligned countries were still colonized, most notably by the declining British Empire. China was clearly in the Soviet-led autocratic communist camp, following a Marxist-Leninist approach with a bit of strict Legalism in the mix and opposing Confucianism. In 1950, soon after Mao won the revolution and began the PRC in 1949, he and the Soviets signed the Treaty of Friendship, Alliance, and Mutual Assistance to cooperate and come to each other’s aid militarily.