How did World War II affect China?

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mkoren | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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The events before and during World War II had a big impact on China. Beginning in 1931, the Japanese invaded China. In 1931, the Japanese invaded Manchuria, in northern China, to capture the resources of the region. Then, in 1937, Japan continued its invasion of China. The Chinese were forced to move their capital from Beijing to Chongqing because of the Japanese invasion. Throughout World War II, Japan controlled Chinese territory. Japan also controlled the major Chinese ports. During the Japanese occupation, the Japanese committed brutal acts toward the Chinese. There were massacres and atrocities which took place. Many Chinese died in these actions. Also during this time, women were abused by the Japanese. The United States tried to help China in World War II with the Lend-Lease Act. However, this wasn't as successful as the Lend Lease Policy was with Great Britain. China was greatly impacted by the events before and during World War II.


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