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China's Road to the Korean War

The Making of the Sino-American Confrontation

China's Road to the Korean War
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In October 1950, one year after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong and the Beijing leadership sent “Chinese People’s Volunteers” to Korea to fight against United Nations forces moving rapidly toward the Chinese-Korean border. By the end of the three year war that followed, American and Chinese military intervention in Korea had finally buried any hope of a Sino-American relationship, and the Cold War in Asia entered a new stage characterized by a total confrontation between the two nations that would last nearly twenty years.

Considering that the newly established Chinese Communist regime faced the daunting task of rebuilding a war-shattered economy and reunifying the country, why would they decide to assist North Korea in fighting a coalition composed of nearly all the Western industrial powers? What were the immediate and long-range causes leading to Beijing’s decision to enter the Korean War? Was there any realistic opportunity that might have prevented direct confrontation between the PCR and the US? In China’s Road to the Korean War, Chen Jian engages with these complex questions by tracing the evolution of scholarly and social attitudes in the West toward China’s decision. He also contributes to this evolution himself with a subtle analysis of recently released Chinese materials, including personal memoirs by those who were involved in Beijing’s intervention in Korea, scholarly articles and monographs by Chinese researchers with archival access, published CCP Central Committee and regional bureau documents, and published collections of Mao Zedong’s papers.
Columbia University Press; January 1995
361 pages; ISBN 9780231504577
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