The Vietnam War: The Chinese Civil War

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China’s recent militaristic advances have raised tensions between China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Recently, China has sent surface-to-air missiles to a land that is partially claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. Due to the past that China has with its neighboring countries, many countries, like Taiwan and Vietnam, are concerned about the move China has made in putting missiles on Woody Island. The Chinese Civil War, which started in 1927 and ended in 1950, was a civil war fought between the Republic of China and the Communist Party of China. The reason the war started was because of the differences in political ideologies. Chiang Kai-Shek’s idea of nationalism was in disagreement with the idea of communism. He believed that communism was socially and…show more content…
During the late 1970’s, Vietnam took away Vietnamese citizenships from Vietnamese Chinese citizens. They were also not able to own businesses or hold any political positions. A second reason for the incursion was Vietnam’s intrusion into the Spratly Islands, which China claimed as their territory. The third reason was the Vietnamese army’s impact on the agriculture in China. Farmlands in China could not be cultivated because of the risk of explosions, which impacted their economy and raised anger in the public over China’s inaction on the matter. On February 15, 1979, the People’s Republic of China announced that they were going to attack Vietnam for their invasion of Cambodia. On February 17, 85,000 Chinese soldiers entered northern Vietnam. The Vietnamese government claimed they only sent 70,000, but the Chinese soldiers faced about double that size. The war was very short, only lasting about 4 weeks, with both sides losing a lot of men. In the end, both countries claimed victory in the…show more content…
This was a shocking announcement as the highway would travel through land that once was a battleground. The highway would help with trade between the two countries and demilitarizing the border. The relationship between the two countries was also looking well when Vietnam showed strong support of Chinese measures in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. However, in 2014, there have been articles in Vietnam criticizing China for how they dealt with the Tiananmen Square protests. Before that, Vietnam was careful to criticize China and its policies, but because of conflict over China’s placement of an oil rig, the media in Vietnam is not as concerned with being careful anymore. As of right now there is a lot of tension between China and Vietnam over the placement of the oil rig. China’s recent militaristic advances in Woody Island is not helping as the island is also claimed by Vietnam. In a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, 60% out of 83% of Vietnamese are ‘very concerned’ about the territorial disputes with China, while 23% are ‘somewhat concerned.’ In another poll by the same research center, they found that 74% of the Vietnamese population view China as a
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