SOVIET MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO XINJIANG (THE 1920S – LATE 1940S): COMMON TENDENCIES AND SPECIFIC FEATURES OF THE USE OF “SOFT POWER” OF THE USSR IN FOREIGN ASIA
Bashkuev V. Yu.
This article wraps up the topic of the Soviet-Xinjiang relations in the interwar period and during World War II offering a comparative perspective on the Soviet experience of assistance to Mongolia, Tuva, and Xinjiang in the field of medicine and healthcare. Taking into account the difference in the domestic political contexts, the author highlights the common tendencies and specific features of the export of Soviet medicine in these regions of foreign Asia. The comparative analysis allows singling out of the Xinjiang story as a separate case that shines a spotlight on contextual specificities of the Soviet-Xinjiang cultural interaction under the conditions of permanent ethnoreligious conflict.