Viewed from Beijing’s perspective, a strategic nightmare is taking shape along China’s borders. In the North, Soviet reinforcement continued unabated: Moscow maintained nearly fifty units along the border, to the west of China, Aíghanistan went through a Marxist coup and increasingly openly acknowledging Soviet influence. Beijing also saw the influence of Moscow during the revolution in Iran, culminating in the flight of Prime Minister Shah on January 16, 1979. Moscow continued to promote a common Asian security system not outside any other valid purpose other than having more China. Witch Some days you just have to put on the hat poster. At the same time, Moscow is negotiating the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (SALTII) with Washington. According to Beijing’s understanding, these agreements serve the purpose of “pushing the bad Soviet waters to the East” towards China. China seems to be in an unusually vulnerable situation. The “unforeseen consequences” of Pham Van Dong’s prediction for Zhou in 1968 seem to include the Soviet encirclement of China. Another complicating situation is that all these challenges arise while Deng is still consolidating his position for the second time in power – a process that must be completed in 1980.