Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979 by Andrew MerthaBrothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979 by Andrew Mertha

Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979

byAndrew Mertha

Hardcover | March 18, 2014

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When the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia in 1975, they inherited a war-ravaged and internationally isolated country. Pol Pot’s government espoused the rhetoric of self-reliance, but Democratic Kampuchea was utterly dependent on Chinese foreign aid and technical assistance to survive. Yet in a markedly asymmetrical relationship between a modernizing, nuclear power and a virtually premodern state, China was largely unable to use its power to influence Cambodian politics or policy. In Brothers in Arms, Andrew Mertha traces this surprising lack of influence to variations between the Chinese and Cambodian institutions that administered military aid, technology transfer, and international trade.

Today, China’s extensive engagement with the developing world suggests an inexorably rising China in the process of securing a degree of economic and political dominance that was unthinkable even a decade ago. Yet, China’s experience with its first-ever client state suggests that the effectiveness of Chinese foreign aid, and influence that comes with it, is only as good as the institutions that manage the relationship. By focusing on the links between China and Democratic Kampuchea, Mertha peers into the “black box” of Chinese foreign aid to illustrate how domestic institutional fragmentation limits Beijing’s ability to influence the countries that accept its assistance.

Andrew Mertha is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University. He is the author of Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975–1979, China's Water Warriors: Citizen Action and Policy Change, and The Politics of Piracy: Intellectual Property in Contemporary China, all from Cornell.
Title:Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979Format:HardcoverDimensions:9.25 × 6.13 × 0.39 inPublished:March 18, 2014Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. China's Relations with Democratic Kampuchea
2. The Khmer Rouge Bureaucracy
3. The Bureaucratic Structure of Chinese Overseas Assistance
4. DK Pushback and Military Institutional Integrity
5. The Failure of the Kampong Som Petroleum Refinery Project
6. China’s Development of Democratic Kampuchean Trade
7. What Is Past Is Present

Editorial Reviews

"Nobody gets into the plumbing of policy implementation like Andrew Mertha. Here, he probes the bureaucracies of China and Democratic Kampuchea to understand their aid relationship and how the DK was sometimes able to parry Chinese pressures but got pulled into the Chinese orbit at other times. Bureaucratic politics has long been understood to be critical in domestic policy; now Mertha extends this approach into foreign policy. All those examining China's burgeoning relations with Latin America, Africa, and other places will want to absorb the lessons of this book."—Joseph Fewsmith, Boston University