Why were Russia and China involved in the Vietnam war?

I'm just trying to figure out what role did Russia and China play in a war that was suppose to be between Vietnam and the U.S.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Russia and China were trying to keep a hold on the Communist regime led by Ho-Chi Minh in North Vietnam. The Russians sent at least several hundred troops to Hanoi early during the war to help train the NVAs and China sent troops and aircraft in as well. The Soviets supplied the North Vietnamese with SAMs, guns, and many other weapons. Although their weaponry was inferior to American technology, the SAMs caused problems; we lost many bombers and escort fighters.

    In the end, the U.S. lost our objective due to litigation in Congress, but we certainly were not defeated in a military sense. Johnson's Rolling Thunder did nothing to slow down the NVA, yet Nixon's Linebacker & Linebacker II caused serious damage to the North Vietnamese; again, due to debate and public unrest, the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam. Had the U.S. stayed the course, we would have liberated North Vietnam from Communism...much like the Iraq scenario in the present.

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  • 4 years ago

    Tankman117 - You clearly don't know as much about modern militaries as you think you do, China has been building subs for years, it is unknown what naval forces they have and the current most powerful warship is British. Nukes would not be involved because everyone would die. Why is Taiwan and u.s the good guy? The 4 best special forces are SAS, Shayetet, FNC and SEALS. Against the Spetsnaz and no significant others. Why is though you believe Russia and China will attack, China now owns the u.s and Russia is a fairly neutral country.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Going back to the Spanish Civil War the Soviet Union sent advisors to fight. They allowed the locals to be killed which helped eliminate the more independent communist cells. After the fighting they set up satellite states.

    The Soviet Union and China sent supplies, money, advisors, and arms. The Vietnam War was between the US and the Soviet Union with the USSR using the Vietnamese as proxies. The left doesn't believe this in spite of Russians being killed on the battlefield and the Vietnamese driving T-54 tanks (Soviet).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Russia/USSR has been on the opposite side in every war or conflict since WWII. Even the 1st time in Iraq as well as when we started there this time. China, being right there and Commies, of course were very involved in all aspects of Vietnam from planning to supply.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The two countries, Russia and Mostly China, were providing weapons, planes, advisors and moral support to the Communist North Vietnam and to the Viet Cong in the South Vietnam area.

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  • 1 decade ago

    To help spread their ideology . For them, communism is their religion.

    China sent soldiers into Vietnam and Russia sent equipment.

    Many Chinese in China pray to China's dead leader Mao. Mao is still worshipped by China's leaders. America cannot trust China until Mao's picture is out of Tiananmen square. http://voyage.typepad.com/china/2006/06/oh_mao_god...

    http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/8/8f...

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  • BOYD H
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    1 decade ago

    Money, arms supplied all military weapons to the North Vietnamese.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the U.S.S.R. sent S.A.M's

    those things brought down many of our planes.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    same reasons usa was .

    trying to influence outcome

    please get a history book that has not been 'p.c' whitewashed.

    Source(s): u of h knocks
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