Understanding Relations Between The United States And Modern East Asia From World War II Forward

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“In recent years, the United States has reaffirmed its desire and determination to be a Pacific Power” (Liu, Lisong). In order for this reaffirmation to happen, it will take open-mindedness, determination and acceptance to move our country forward in its foreign relations endeavor of today’s Asian culture. In order to begin to understand relations between the United States and modern East Asia from World War II forward, one must first fully understand and appreciate the dynamic of complexity and hardship that ravenged the region at that time.
China, the crown jewel of the golden ages, was left broken and without leadership after the Second World War. Their land was torn by war and their people’s morale had been severely affected with all
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The Nationalists had controlled the majority of both population and territory before the war, and also possessed a superior military. With much of the nationalist party’s well-trained troops lost early in the war to Japan and in Burma, the communists were able to survive not only politically, but physically as well; therefore, they had the manpower and support they needed to succeed in the civil war. Wen Yiduo, South-West United University professor in Kunming, speaks to the communists: “You kill people but refuse to admit it and even circulate false rumors that the murder happened because of some sexual scandal or as the result of Communists killing other Communists. Shameless! Shameless!” He says. Wen himself was assassinated just minutes after this speech. The Chinese Communist Revolution had begun. Involvement of foreign countries was unnecessary. However, having just pulled itself out of a world war, many countries sought to aid the party of their personal preference. The Soviet Union and the United States rushed in to aid the Communist and Nationalist movements, respectively. Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars went into the cultivation and distribution of military supplies, as well as countless other expensive endeavors (13). In addition to the Chinese Civil War from (1946–1949), the culmination of the Chinese Communist Party 's drive to power since it’s founding in 1921
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