Meanwhile, the spread of nuclear weapons continued. Mexico originally argued in 1961 that it won't use nuclear weapons but when Argentina and Brazil decided to kickstart their nuclear weapons program, Mexico joined too, with the help of India, the DR of Congo, and Yugoslavia, all developing atomic weapons themselves. Apartheid South Africa is starting their own nuclear weapons, and Egypt decided to restart its nuclear weapons program after their loss to Israel. Meanwhile, South Japan is just finishing its final touches of their nuclear weapons program while North Japan, being sparsely populated after all, waits for Manchuria to finish its atomic bomb. It does have stockpiles of chemical weapons to compensate though. Both Koreas are starting their own atomic weapons program thanks to South Japanese nuclear progress; after all, they have long memories of Japanese occupation.
Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines was forced to resign after the Dovie Beams scandal. The country under Fernando Lopez was still fidgety with communist uprisings and Taipei was considering a plan to "fix their neighbor", if Washington failed its job. It's war in Vietnam is flagging, but the South Vietnamese appeared holding fine.
Meanwile, Pu Yi died in 1970, enabling Tong Jixu to take power. Pu Yi in 1968 resolved a border incident with China in which Red Guards suddenly attacked Manchurian border posts and hurled anti-Manchurian slogans. The Red Guards then shot and killed two Manchurian Border Guards, prompting a border clash between Chinese and Manchurian forces. Mao then criticized the Red Guards for provoking the Manchus despite the ideological differences, and this was the start of the clamping down of the Red Guards.
The Manchurian authorities successfully eliminated pro-PRC opposition, and had helped the Mongols, the Uyghurs, and the Tibetans finish off theirs. The Chinese in Uyghuristan, comprising 25% of the country, were suspect, but only a few were really arrested. Tibet has a worse Maoist problem, in which the security forces dealt with severity. As a result, the Tibetan government carried out uprisings in Xikang (Inner Tibet), in which the Chinese dispatched with great difficulty because of the Cultural Revolution.
In Manchuria, the Amur Protocol was enacted. The country is in the second stage of developing its atomic weapon, all without Soviet help. In the next few years, they could be ready in surprising the world. The point is, when they will detonate the weapon?
The map was based on
's Worlda Map by Diamond from alternatehistory.com.