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It would be a gross mistake to assume that familiar words are better understood . The fact is just the contrary. This familiarity , unfortunately, hinders, rather than helps, cognitive understanding of the term in its usage in studying international relations. Because of its rich origins, the definition of alienation is often fuzzy at best, if not vague. One may speak of economic alienation, or social alienation, or religious alienation, or psychological alienation or political alienation. Great minds such as Grotous, Rousseau, Hegel and Marx all offered formidable conceptualisation and theorisation of alienation related to their own theories and studies .
Mao pronounced his 'lean-to-one-side' policy on 30 June 1949, proclaimed the establishment of the PRC on I October, and proceeded on his trip to Moscow and met Stalin on 16 December 1949. Less than two months later, on 6 February 1950, the Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship, Alliance and Mutual Assistance was signed by Zhou Enlai for China and A. 19 Was this sufficient proof that international Communism was monolithic? Was Communism not one and indivisible? Up to mid-1950, New China seemed to be making 'a successful debut in the world' ,20 with its recognition accorded by the Soviet Union and many East European countries, as well as some Asian countries, includ ing India .
Communist China, it was contend ed, aimed at stepby-step dom ination o f Asi a and was dedicated to the promotion of Communism by violent re volution . 108 Clearl y, such an image of a revolutionary power reaching out to challenge the status quo of the existing internat ional system does not fit in well with that of an isolati onist China. The tension s between the two cla ims are all too ob vious and irreconci lable. Expan sionism simply ca nnot be squared with isolationi sm. The claim of isolationism in Chinese foreign policy can be further disputed .