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How did the Korean war influences US relations with Communist China?

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hogwarts | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:25 PM via web

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How did the Korean war influences US relations with Communist China?

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lit24 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted June 7, 2010 at 11:43 PM (Answer #1)

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The Korean War was fought from 25th June, 1950 to 27th July, 1953. It resulted in North Korea becoming Communist and South Korea becoming non-Communist. China provided aid to North Korea during this war and consequently this resulted in tensions between U.S.A. and China. Initially the Communists were very successful and conquered most of South Korea, but this situation was dramatically reversed when General Douglas Mac Arthur led his troops victoriously almost to the Chinese border on the North of the Korean peninsula.The Korean War was the only time that U.S. troops fought directly with the Red Army of China. The Korean War established that the U.S.A. was ready to intervene with military force to check the spread of Communism.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 8, 2010 at 11:25 PM (Answer #2)

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First, understand a little background  The Korean War began in June of 1950, while barely a year earlier, in 1949, there was a communist revolution and the government was overthrown in China.  Second, This was during the earliest and some of the most tense years of the Cold War.  The United States had consistently refused to allow communist China to take a seat on the UN Security Council, claiming it wasn't the legitimate China and vetoing it each time it was proposed.  So it's difficult to say that it damaged relations between the US and China, because we didn't have good relations, or really, any relations by the time the Korean War started.

Of course, in December 1950 the US started fighting Chinese troops directly, and then our very poor relationship deteriorated even further.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:46 PM (Answer #3)

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The Korean War severely damaged US relations with Communist China.  This is not to say that the US and Red China had good relations prior to the war.  However, the relationship had not really been set.  Communist China had only existed for about a year when the Korean War started.

But the Korean War ensured that the relationship would be a bad one.  This is because the US and the Chinese ended up directly engaged in combat with one another.  Once this happened, there was no hope for a good relationship.  The US did not have any sort of relationship with the Mainland until the 1970s.

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