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Mao Zedong travels to Moscow to negotiate a friendship treaty with Joseph Stalin.



1949, December


In December of 1949, immediately after proclamation of the People's Republic of China, Mao travels to Moscow to negotiate a friendship treaty. The negotiations drag on for a very long time. Mao stays almost three month in Moscau. In fact, rumors spring up in China that he may have been taken into custody. However, by mid-February 1950 the "Sino-Soviet Friendship Treaty" is signed. Stalin agrees to give credits and send technical experts to China to help the struggling communist neighbor. In return, top positions in the People's Liberation Army are reserved to Soviet "advisors".


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