A Chinese-North Korean War in 1979

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
18,039
SoCal
#1
Here's the scenario--let's say that instead of pursuing an anti-Vietnamese policy, North Korea decides to closely ally with (North) Vietnam due to their shared antipathy of Americans (who, in both cases, would have been an obstacle to national reunification--in Vietnam's case, until 1975). Due to this alliance, North Korea decides to help Vietnam when it invades Cambodia by providing aid, weapons, logistical support, et cetera to Vietnam. In turn, this triggers a Chinese invasion of North Korea in order to teach North Korea a lesson. China doesn't actually want to conquer North Korea but rather to give North Korea a bloody nose.

Anyway, how would a Chinese-North Korean War in 1979 have went?
 
Mar 2019
918
Kansas
#2
Here's the scenario--let's say that instead of pursuing an anti-Vietnamese policy, North Korea decides to closely ally with (North) Vietnam due to their shared antipathy of Americans (who, in both cases, would have been an obstacle to national reunification--in Vietnam's case, until 1975). Due to this alliance, North Korea decides to help Vietnam when it invades Cambodia by providing aid, weapons, logistical support, et cetera to Vietnam. In turn, this triggers a Chinese invasion of North Korea in order to teach North Korea a lesson. China doesn't actually want to conquer North Korea but rather to give North Korea a bloody nose.

Anyway, how would a Chinese-North Korean War in 1979 have went?
WW3 with a nuclear exchange between China and the Soviets
 
Likes: JakeStarkey

holoow

Ad Honorem
Jun 2012
3,773
Vilnius, Lithuania
#8
The Soviets were on the verge of going to war with China over North Vietnam. Two Soviet client states being attacked............would have gotten very ugly very quickly.
North Korea wasn't Soviet client state. I have read that Lenin's works were banned in North Korea and Koreans openly expressing sympathy towards USSR were executed. Anyway, USSR has been seen as decadent, liberal state.
 
Jun 2018
377
New Hampshire
#9
Such a war never would have happened. China is North Korea's strongest ally and in many ways its patron. Their relationship is sort of like one of a patron-client state.
 
Jun 2018
377
New Hampshire
#10
North Korea wasn't Soviet client state. I have read that Lenin's works were banned in North Korea and Koreans openly expressing sympathy towards USSR were executed. Anyway, USSR has been seen as decadent, liberal state.
North Korea was and is a Stalinist state. After Kruschev denounced Stalin in 56, relations between the two communist countries went somewhat sour.