When it comes to the Vietnam War, the Chinese are often mentioned yet mostly on the side. This is due to lack of sources, language barriers and other issues. Additionally Vietnam and China have conflicts of their own, as such Vietnam has incentives to downplay the Chinese involvement.
My personal impression is the China in Western perspective is mostly mentioned about why the US leadership did not expand the war in North Vietnam, and/or escalated the bombing campaigns. Luckily, I recently stumbled across papers written by a Chinese scholar, which looks more into the perspective and actions of the Chinese during the Vietnam War.
Now first off, we nee to take a short look at the Korean War. In the early 1950s, the U.S. and communist China did not directly communicate with each o