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Lost chance for peace: The 1945 CCP-Kuomintang peace talks revisited

Radchenko, Sergey ORCID: 2017. Lost chance for peace: The 1945 CCP-Kuomintang peace talks revisited. Journal of Cold War Studies 19 (2) , pp. 84-114. 10.1162/JCWS_a_00742

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This article reconsiders the 1945 Chongqing peace talks between the Kuo-mintang and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), a key turning point on the road to the Chinese civil war. The article shows that the talks represented a lost opportunity to avert the slide into fratricidal warfare. The CCP leader, Mao Zedong, under pressure from Iosif Stalin, was prepared to compromise with his rival Chiang Kai-shek on the basis of dividing China into two separately administered territories (roughly, north and south). Chiang was unwilling to consider such a step, which from his perspective was unpatriotic. His resistance to the division of China doomed the talks and precipitated the outbreak of war.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Cardiff Law & Politics
Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press)
ISSN: 1520-3972
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 November 2017
Date of Acceptance: 17 February 2016
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 15:56

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