Communism in China and the Korean War. The Cold War Heats Up. China Becomes a Communist Country. Civil war renewed after the Japanese left China at the end of WWII Truman refused to send American soldiers to help Nationalists, but did send $2 billion in supplies/weapons
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Truman refused to send American soldiers to help Nationalists, but did send $2 billion in supplies/weapons
Chinese peasants were driven to the Communist sideChina Becomes a Communist country
Why was China communist now? Shouldn’t communism be contained everywhere, not just in Europe?
Kim Il Sung
June 25, 1950: North Korean forces launch a surprise attack on South Korea; the Korean War
"The Security Council called upon all members of the United Nations to render every assistance to the United Nations in the execution of this resolution[…]In these circumstances I have ordered United States air and sea forces to give the Korean Government troops cover and support.“ –President Truman
War with North Korea was never officially declared
Of all troops sent to aid South Korea, 90% were American
All troops under command of General MacArthurThe Korean War (cont’d)
-also wanted North Korea to be a buffer
China joined the war on the side of North Korea