China, Japan, and the U.S. in the 20th Century

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China, Japan, and the U.S. in the 20th Century

During the later half of the 20th century, China and Japan underwent both economic and non-economic reforms that were aided by the influence of the United States. In China, the death of Mao led to the rise of the dark horse candidate Hua Guo Fang, a transitional figure who denounced the Gang of Four. Though only in power for a few years, his last act was to revive Deng Xiaoping’s political office, a man that would do more for China in the next 20 years than the last century combined. In Japan, the loss of the war to the Allies has resulted in the occupation of Japan by U.S. soldier. The post World War II occupation greatly affected the economic and political structure of later Showa Japan.
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This caused a shift towards a fast growing consumer society. Slowly the Chinese began to be able to buy more consumer goods due to their increased revenue. However, the dawn of the 80’s made Deng question the growth of China. A fear for two much freedom and inflation made Deng re-polarize and backtrack, slowly limiting spending. This form of rising expectations met by failed expectations from the young and growing consumer market ultimately led to the fatal incident of 1989. The change and freedom in laws gave the younger generation a feeling of empowerment and euphoria. High expectations grew out of this booming mixed economy. However, signs of corruption and inequality led for friction in the ranks of Chinese society. A call for increased standards of living for educated citizens caused uproar countrywide. Their protest that came to a bloody end is what we know as the Tianan Men Square Massacres.
The Allied occupation ended on April 28, 1952, when the terms of the Treaty of San Francisco went into effect. By the terms of the treaty, Japan regained its sovereignty, but lost many of its possessions from before World War II, including Korea and Taiwan. However, relations with the United States was better than ever as proven by the wing of protection that was offered out by the United States through the bi-lateral security system agreement that was signed
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