By Michael Starr

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Recently declassified documents from former Warsaw-Pact embassies in Pyongyang have allowed for significant re-evaluation of inter-Communist collaboration in East Asia during the height of The Vietnam War and The Second Korean War. North Korea and North Vietnam, far from being puppets of the Soviet Union or China, skillfully leveraged the tripartite friction between the US, USSR, and PRC to establish near-total autonomy and wring billions of dollars of foreign aid from their Communist neighbors throughout the 1960s, and in particular between 1964-1968.

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