Postwar Geopolitics and Self-Reliant Defense

  • Xiaobing LiEmail author
Part of the New Directions in East Asian History book series (NDEAH)


After World War II, Northeast Asians soon found themselves returned to civil wars or struggling for national unification and independence. As the result of their incomplete civil struggles, the governments of the DPRK (North Korea) and ROK (South Korea) were founded in 1948, and the PRC (People’s Republic of China) in 1949. After his visit with Stalin, Mao realized that Moscow would not send the Russian army to defend Northeast Asia or fight the UNF in the Korean War. He developed a new self-reliant, China-centric defense for the newly founded republic, in the spring of 1950. When the PRC perceived the United States as an immediate threat and the most powerful military in the postwar world, Mao deployed the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) against a possible UNF invasion.


World War II Postwar East Asia Civil wars North Korea South Korea Stalin Russian army UN Forces UN intervention United States US military PRC Active defense 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Central OklahomaEdmondUSA

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